Alex Scott and Jermaine Jenas need to take an annual examination on the laws of the game after their comments following Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Tottenham.
That is the view of ex-FIFA and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the pair said on Sunday’s Match of the Day 2 that more ex-players needed to go into officiating.
Chris Kavanagh chalked off Edinson Cavani’s opening goal for Man United and instead awarded Tottenham a free-kick for a foul by Scott McTominay in the build-up.
❌ Cavani's disallowed goal! ❌
Son has Spurs in the lead at the break, but all the talk will be whether he was fouled in the build-up to Cavani's goal. Chris Kavanagh thinks so! 📺
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Scott and Jenas argued McTominay’s movement was a natural part of the game and the referee got it wrong by examining it in forensic details on the pitchside monitor.
And Scott agreed with host Jason Mohammad that more ex-professionals need to become officials.
“My first response is I would like to see pundits annually take a laws of the game examination,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“That’s not being conceited, it’s just putting some balance into it.
“If a professional footballer wants to be a referee currently there are barriers to entry and that’s the time they have to spend officiating at junior level.
“Other sports have done this and been successful.
“I don’t have any objection but what they’ve got to do and what football has got to do is to convince the FA to change its processes.
“I’ve said in the past when I was boss of the PGMOL, if you’ve been a professional player then put some credit from the years they’ve played football against their pathway to the top. That’s where I sit.
“But in reality, you’re not going to get a Premier League player wanting to become a referee. They’ve already got a bank balance that says ‘Once I’ve finished playing football, I’ve finished.’
“Or they become a pundit. So why don’t those two become referees then? If they think that, put their name down. I’m not having a go at them, it’s just the reality.”