REPORT: Ex-Premier League referee demands FA U-turn after confirmed Liverpool-Man City news

Keith Hackett has urged the FA to appoint Jarred Gillett or Andy Madley to the Community Shield between Liverpool and Man City later this month.


Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict after Craig Pawson was appointed to the game.


The FA and PGMOL confirmed last week (5 July) that the 43-year-old will take charge of the game between Premier League champions Man City and FA Cup holders Liverpool at the King Power Stadium at the end of the month (30 July).



Pawson took charge of the 2022 FA Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea but he angered Jurgen Klopp earlier on in the 2021-22 campaign.


“My choice would be Jarred Gillett, I think it sends a signal,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“If not him then Andy Madley. I would be picking Gillett or Madley for this Community Sheild. It gives them some experience, gives them the opportunity to go to Wembley. They’ve proven they are capable referees at the top.


“They’ve lost some very experienced referees who have retired, they’ve got around five relatively new referees on the list and what they’ve not been good at is succession planning.

“These guys have fallen into the position whilst the old regime have been semi-pushed out the door.”

Gillett was promoted to the Select Group One of referees last summer (2021).

The Australian, 35, took charge of nine Premier League games in 2021-22 and became the first official from overseas to do so in the process.

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


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