By Keith Hackett

6th Sep, 2021 | 6:57pm

Hackett surprised as Wolves escape FA charge after controversial footage emerges

Keith Hackett has been left stunned as Wolves escaped an FA charge for controversial scenes against Manchester United prior to the international break.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee insisted the Wolves players “tarnished the image of the game” at Molineux last month.

Bruno Lage’s players surrounded the referee when Man United’s goal was allowed to stand at Molineux.

Paul Pogba challenged Ruben Neves for a loose ball that led to the only goal of the game.

But the Wolves players felt Neves was fouled and made their feelings known to the referee.

Hackett told this site last week he expected a charge for Wolves for failing to control their players.

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And he was left bemused that one was not forthcoming during the week.

He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I question the need for the Football Association to operate a level playing field and to recognise those actions by those players tarnish the image of the game,

“Maybe I put that front of house but the Premier League is watched around the world in 211 territories there are thousands of kids who watch football and copy their heroes. What you want are those heroes to actually operate and act in a sensible manner.

“I’m not taking away the passion of the game. But here we’ve got a scenario where they did surround [the officials] and if action is not taken it escalates.

“As far as I’m aware when I was in there when three or more players surround the referee that was the trigger point that the FA disciplinary process comes in.

“Someone’s not doing their job, they’re letting refereeing down and they’re letting themselves down.”

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