Tottenham news: Hackett reveals remarkable Oliver itinerary after Mourinho's 'tired' jibe
Michael Oliver may be fatigued but that did not effect his impeccable decision making in Tottenham v Arsenal on Sunday.
That is the view of former Premier League and FIFA official Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Jose Mourinho’s controversial post-match comments.
Mourinho suggested to Sky Sports that Oliver was “tired” after he awarded a penalty to Arsenal for Davinson Sanchez’s challenge on Alexander Lacazette.
The decision cost Spurs as the Frenchman converted the spot-kick as the Gunners ran out 2-1 winners.
Hackett revealed Oliver’s remarkably busy schedule of domestic and European matches, travelling and Stockley Park visits.
“His observation is a good one,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“At the moment, Michael Oliver has now had 22 Premier League games, then on top of that he’s got VAR appointments which doesn’t count in that 22 and then he’s got fourth official roles.
“He’s a FIFA international referee and so far this season, he’s had four Champions League games, he’s had one Europa League game and he’s had two Nations League games. He lives in the north-east, he might fly from Newcastle to London but now he’ll be driving. He’s put in a huge amount of mileage driving to and from games, to and from Stockley Park and into Europe which can be long journeys, he was at Dynamo Kiev on Thursday.
“The result is, under the current climate, there’s no doubt that referees fatigue and have no time to recover.
“At the end of the day, we look at the two major decisions that Mourinho was referring to and Oliver was alert enough to see Lamela illegally use his arm and give him a second yellow card, then a red.
“There might be a case for him being fatigued but he didn’t show that on the field of play.”