Exclusive: Keith Hackett shares verdict as FA-Alioski investigation continues

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Keith Hackett has shared his verdict on the long-standing situation between Leeds United defender Ezgjan Alioski and Burnley’s Dwight McNeil.

Graham Smyth revealed this week that the FA were still investigating the incident, where Alioski appeared to taunt McNeil in the 4-0 win at Turf Moor earlier this month.

Hackett admitted that the end of the Premier League season will have complicated things, as the FA need to gather key witnesses and also give the Leeds figure time to respond.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Hackett said, “A lot depends on the exchange of documents.

“First of all, the document that goes in and the legal department of the FA determining the charge, and then the length of time the Leeds player has got to respond.

“These things sometimes take time because they will also be waiting for key witnesses and the formation of the panel; all those sorts of things may impact the time.

“The end of the season complicates things, and they’ve got to have the evidence.”

Waiting game.

Alioski jetting away with North Macedonia ahead of the European Championships this summer certainly won’t help things, either.

The longer this goes on, it appears as though there is a lack of evidence to actually create a hearing against the defender, who has moved on.

It still hasn’t been shared why Burnley actually made the official complaint, when all it looked like was a childish gesture from the left-back.

Alioski is looking to make history with his country, and this is something that is just hanging over his head and not progressing.

We hope the answer is given to us, and everyone involved sooner rather than later.

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