BREAKING Former Premier League referee: Erling Haaland deserves extended ban as Man City controversy missed by BBC cameras analysed
Erling Haaland should have been set off as Man City beat Crystal Palace 4-2 on Saturday (27 August), according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted Haaland endangered the safety of Joachim Andersen with a high boot.
In an incident missed by the BBC’s Match of the Day cameras, Haaland caught Andersen’s head with his boot as they challenged for a loose ball in the first half.
It was not penalised by the referee and the 22-year-old went on to score a second-half hat-trick as Man City overturned a 2-0 deficit to continue their perfect start to the season.
A red card would have seen him banned for City’s next three domestic games starting with the visit of Nottingham Forest on Wednesday (31 August).
“I think he’s lucky to escape a red card,” Hackett said after analysing the incident with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“I think his actions have endangered an opponent and therefore that’s a red card offence, not a yellow.
“The referee is being defensive I think.
“Ultimately at the end of the day, he’s a good referee but I think you’ve got to have a mental toughness and say ‘That’s the law, he’s endangered the safety of an oppoent’.
“For me, he should have gone. It doesn’t matter about the time or state of play. A forward cannot do that.”
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The Norway international moved to the Etihad from Borussia Dortmund this summer and has hit the ground running.