Manchester United news: Hackett verdict on potential punishment

By Keith Hackett

3rd May, 2021 | 6:00pm

Hackett verdict on Man United points deduction as he makes 'bet your life' claim

Keith Hackett has insisted it is too early to tell what punishment Manchester United will receive for failing to fulfill their fixture against Liverpool.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former head of the PGMOL suggested they will have to pay the travel and accommodation costs of Liverpool at the very least.

The Daily Mail report under Premier League rules points can be deducted when a club fails to ensure the safety of players and staff, as well as entry and exit from the ground.

Sunday’s game was postponed just hours before kick-off after anti-Glazer protests stormed the pitch and entered the dressing rooms which caused a breach of the covid-secure bubble.

An FA and Premier League investigation has been launched into the matter.

“These investigations will have to interrogate the whole process and the police will be involved,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“The match commander does a lot of intelligence work. They got caught a little bit with their pants down because of the fact crowds aren’t allowed into the games.

“There was a reduced presence of security because there are no fans to control.

“Bet your life that on Monday and Tuesday the Premier League will be sat around a table making certain that this could happen, particularly with the six clubs.

“Maybe there are other clubs in the league who would say ‘You deserve what you get.’

“There will be a punishment when an investigation concludes. What you’ve got here is failure to fulfil a fixture and therefore the regulations will cover that.

“The things that will come out will be the cost of travel, cost of hotel accommodation and various other costs. One of the other losers here was Sky.”

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