Sources: Premier League to clamp down on Brentford 'cheat' tactics pre-Liverpool clash
Brentford are coming under the spotlight of Premier League match officials for dubious game-management tactics ahead of tomorrow’s showdown against Liverpool, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The top-flight new boys have made an impressive start to their campaign with two wins and eights points from their opening five games.
But an industry source has told Football Insider that Brentford are already gaining a reputation among Premier League chiefs for deliberately slowing the game down and reducing the time the ball is in play.
Wolves players, staff and supporters were fuming at what they felt were “cheat” tactics from Thomas Frank’s side in their 2-0 win at Molineux last Saturday.
The home team were particularly irked by the visiting players regularly feigning injury to force the referee Darren England to blow his whistle and disrupt Wolves’ momentum.
It is believed the Premier League are privately aware of Brentford’s antics after further studying footage of the match in recent days.
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Match officials will be told to be aware of the Bees doing the same, and bringing the game into disrepute, in their forthcoming matches.
The west London outfit have a reputation for deliberately slowing matches down going back to when Dean Smith was manager.
There are fears that they have taken it to a new level under Frank and that it could cause hostile reactions from partisan crowds, particularly when they are away from home.
Brentford will be at home against joint-leaders Liverpool on Saturday evening.
Frank’s side will be expected to concede possession to Jurgen Klopp’s team for the majority of the match and hope to hit them on the counter-attack.