Ex-Premier League Referee Keith Hackett Calls for Extended Ban for Man City Star Rodri

Keith Hackett has insisted Rodri should have been sent off by referee Simon Hooper as Man City ran out 4-1 winners against Liverpool on Saturday (1 April).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted there was “no question” that the 26-year-old should have been dismissed.

As seen in footage from Sky Sports (3 April), Rodri avoided a second yellow card for his cynical challenge on Cody Gakpo as the Liverpool forward raced towards the Man City goal.

That is despite the Spain international receiving his caution for a similar challenge on Diogo Jota just minutes earlier.

Liverpool players surrounded referee Hooper in an attempt to persuade him a yellow was the correct outcome, but Rodri survived all 90 minutes.

Man City’s 4-1 win over Jurgen Klopp’s side ensured they maintained their gap of eight points to Arsenal when the day’s fixtures were over.

Hackett told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think he was very lucky.

“The thinking with referees is that the second yellow has to be more of an orange card. That shouldn’t be the case.

“This was a foul, for which Hooper awarded a free-kick. It was a pullback, the hands are on the body – it’s a caution every day.

“Some people will say that’s harsh, but not for me.


“If he wasn’t on a booking, he would have been shown a yellow card. In law, it is required.

“He should have gone, there’s no question.”

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