Karl Robinson is “almost certain” to face punishment after being sent off during Oxford United’s 3-1 loss to Sunderland, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex- FIFA and Premier League referee insisted Robinson’s defence that the other bench was also abusing the officials will stand “no chance” at a hearing.

Robinson was sent off in the second half of Good Friday’s fiery encounter after he alleges his goalkeeper was headbutted in the tunnel during the interval.

Speaking on his sending off the 40-year-old told TalkSPORT: “I said it is a bleeping disgrace, do your bleeping job. No more than their bench was saying, but I got sent off.”

He was allowed on the touchline of the U’s 2-1 loss to Accrington Stanley on Easter Monday and therefore claimed: “The FA needs to have a look at their disciplinary system.”

Asked for his assessment of Robinson’s claims about his dismissal, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “In the referees view the words spoken are abusive, and the manager bleeped out the words or they’ve been bleeped then hey look, he’s got a red card and will almost certainly be found guilty and will serve as a punishment.

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“That length of punishment will depend on whether he has a record. I seem to think I’ve seen this name before…

“I’ve sat in appeals and the answer to that is ‘We’re not here to look at the opposition. We’re here to deal with your problem and it’s this we’ll focus on.’

“His scenario that other people are doing it and getting away with it – no chance.”

Sunderland followed up their 3-1 win at the Stadium of Light with a 1-1 draw with fellow high-fliers Peterborough on Easter Monday.

They are now two points behind the Posh who occupy the final automatic promotion place but have a game in hand.

In other news, a Sunderland chief has pocketed £700,000 from a blockbuster Birmingham City transfer.