Man United news: Ex-Fifa official demands ban as controversial Luke Shaw footage emerges
Alireza Jahanbakhsh should have been sent off for a foul on Man United defender Luke Shaw in Iran’s 6-2 loss to England in the World Cup on Monday (21 November), according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted Jahanbakhsh endangered the safety of his opponent with his foul.
The 29-year-old was shown a yellow card in the 25th minute as he caught Shaw’s foot with his studs after a late challenge.
As per Fifa’s rules for the tournament, the former Brighton & Hove Albion winger would serve a one-match ban if he was shown a red card.
“I think it’s one of these challenges that we’ve seen in the past,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“We’ve seen that challenge, the player coming in with a degree of excessive force and landing on the top of the foot or boot or lower shin of his opponent.
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“I think that Fifa have got to make their mind up as to whether that’s reckless or endangers the safety of an opponent.
“When you take into account the modern boots that players wear that offer very little protection, we could well have a player go out of the tournament because of this type of challenge.
“Under the current remit, the referees generally, around the world, are seeing that as reckless so the player rightly got a yellow card.
“My view is that I think they need to integrate it a little more and determine whether they are going to stick with that. Are they happy with that? Or can we make a judgement that is excessive force and endangers the safety of an opponent?
“I’m leaning towards it being excessive force.”