Hackett shares 'unbelievable' verdict on 'private' Tottenham-Tanganga incident
Anthony Taylor’s response to Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga’s persistent fouling against Man City on Sunday was spot-on.
So says ex-Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Spurs beat last season’s champions Man City 1-0 in North London.
Tanganga committed five first-half fouls before Taylor called over Spurs captain Hugo Lloris to emphasise that this was his final warning.
The 22-year-old defender managed to navigate the rest of the match without receiving a caution.
Hackett claims that the public is unlikely to realise Taylor’s management of the situation was a textbook example of the “step management process”.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “I thought he had an unbelievable match, Anthony Taylor.
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“What he did, and the public is probably not aware of this, is what is termed in refereeing as the ‘step management process’.
“The first step is to run along the side of the player after an offence and ask him to be careful. That’s a private warning.
“The next response is when it becomes a public review. You can then take the player to one side and stop the game, and ask for an improvement in their behaviour.
“To reinforce that, Anthony Taylor brought the captain across to help the process.
“He then made him aware that he made another offence then he would be cautioned.
“I thought it was an excellent piece of officiating. There was an accusation that he was talking too much, but I think he handled the thing brilliantly.“