Hackett reveals who is to blame as Leicester City break major Premier League rule
The Leicester City marketing department are likely to blame after the club broke Premier League rules against Man City this weekend.
That is the view of ex-FIFA and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Kasper Schmeichel’s kit clashed with that of Paul Tierney.
The Leicester goalkeeper and Tierney both wore black kits as Man City narrowly won 1-0.
As quoted by Goal, Premier League rules state: “Each participating club shall wear a strip which is of a sufficient contrast that match officials.”
Asked why this was ignored at the King Power Stadium, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “The problem that the referee has got at the Premier League level is that the Premier League marketing departments determine the colours.
“They do this for the media and often they put the referee in a difficult position.
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“The laws of the game are quite clear. That is there has to be five different colours on the field of play. We’re looking at shirts and stockings, not shorts.
“In that sense, the goalkeeper to be wearing black and for the referee to be wearing black is a no-no. We see it week in, week out. I get loads of correspondence on it.
“That’s why the referee at the highest level is provided with shirts of different colours. At grassroots level, the Football Association restrict the colours you can wear and they want to wear black.
“It’s all marketing. They just want to sell strips. The marketing guys like dark colours because the logos of the main sponsors stand out.”