REPORT: Ex-Fifa official has two major concerns as Liverpool suspension change may be in the pipeline


Keith Hackett has insisted delaying suspensions would not work for Liverpool and the rest of the Premier League.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict after news of a trial in the USA.



The Telegraph reported last month (25 June) that the 50-year-old is set to become the next head of the PGMOL, replacing Mike Riley.

“Howard Webb must have [something to do with it],” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“When you get a red card, it only comes into effect when you play the next team. That’s straight out of the door in terms of the English game.

“Two questions, what happens when you sell on a player? What about relegation? When a team’s relegated he gets away with it.

“I’m not for that. I can see why, I can see what he’s trying to do. A team that’s not involved gets an advantage.


“For me, if it’s a red card or two yellows he’s off so the team he has offended against already get a benefit by playing against 10 men.

“I can’t say I’m in favour of that but I like the idea. When you get down to the mechanics, it would work in MLS where it’s a closed league. It’s OK for MLS but not OK for most countries in Europe where there is a league situation.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed Liverpool FFP status is now in doubt after a “ludicrous” Uefa rule change.

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