By Keith Hackett

28th Mar, 2022 | 7:00pm

Norwich City news: Referee should be stood down after Grant Hanley controversy analysed - ex-Fifa official

Keith Hackett has slammed referee Robert Hennessy for penalising Norwich City defender Grant Hanley in Scotland’s 1-1 draw with Poland.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League official suggested the referee would be stood down from international duty following the incident.

As shown by Sky Sports (24 March), Steve Clarke’s side were robbed of victory after a controversial penalty was awarded to Poland in stoppage time.

Minimal contact in the back by Scotland and Norwich City centre-back Hanley sent Krzysztof Piatek to the floor and Hennessy pointed to the spot.

Piatek scored the resulting penalty with the game finishing all square.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of the decision, Hackett said:

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“You would not expect a referee to make this level of error at international level.

“I’d expect him to face consequences. Poor performances by referees at international level are normally treat severely by both Uefa and Fifa.

“If you make a bad decision at a major tournament you are likely to be on the next plane home. That is how severe it can be.

“In the Premier League there is not enough accountability when a referee makes an error. That is not the case at international level.” 

Speaking to the BBC on the incident, Clarke said: “The penalty puts a little downer on it.

“It is a penalty decision for a friendly game. It was soft.”

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