By Keith Hackett

27th Sep, 2021 | 8:00pm

Hackett: 'Unacceptable' Aston Villa may land FA charge after controversial footage emerges

Aston Villa may be set for an FA charge after their reaction to giving away a penalty against Man United, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee insisted the Villa players surrounding the referee and Bruno Fernandes before he took the penalty was “unacceptable”.

Emiliano Martinez was the biggest culprit as he taunted Fernandes by appearing to suggest Cristiano Ronaldo should take the spot-kick.

Fernandes then hit the penalty way over the bar as Villa saw out a 1-0 win.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted he did not like the actions of the Aston Villa players.

“I worry that referees are not being active enough in regards to players surrounding the referee when they make the call and players delaying the penalty kick by all sorts of means,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“In the past, we’ve had the goalkeepers who want a feel of the ball to bounce it down and all that sort of nonsense.

“I do think here that the referee has the opportunity in his post-match report to highlight where he has been surrounded by three or more players. I would hope this area will be dealt with by the FA to stop its escalation throughout football.

“What happens on television on a Saturday and Sunday cascades down to grassroots football. It is a concern and I think delaying tactics in the game are unacceptable.

“Delaying it is allowing the goalkeeper to prepare and the pressure to go on to the kicker more.

“If you’re the boss of the referees you’ll be saying to the referees, despite the lighter touch, the goalkeeper is way off his line and is disputing it so he deserves a yellow card. He’s showing dissent.

“Penalty kicks will be disputed and it’s a fine line between what is acceptable and what is not. If it gets to the point like we saw in this game, I think the referee’s first role is to raise the yellow card. It went on a bit.”

In other news, an Aston Villa sensation is “in the shop window” as January exit “likely”.