Keith Hackett: Fourth officials not around to deal with childish managers after Leeds United scenes v Chelsea
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Keith Hackett has lambasted the child-like behaviour on show by Thomas Tuchel and at times Jesse Marsch as Leeds United smashed Chelsea 3-0.
The ex-FIFA referee believes that some managers believe the fourth official is a “whipping boy” with the German especially consistently shouting in his face at Elland Road.
Hackett insisted that managers can be passionate, but they need to do so within their own technical area that they are given at every ground.
“I think these guys that the fourth official is a whipping boy,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.
“It’s a difficult role because they try to be neutral and let the referee do their job in the middle. I remind them, they are part of the game, they should be looking at the game to assist the referee, not manage the child-like behaviour we are seeing in the technical area.
“I get they’re passionate but most managers are, but they can stay in the technical area.”
Footage emerged of Tuchel going wild towards the end of the game when Mateusz Klich barged Thiago Silva to the floor but wasn’t booked.
In fact, none of the Leeds squad were booked whereas Chelsea got that red card, as well as numerous cautions throughout the torrid trip to West Yorkshire.
Marsch never confronted the fourth official on Sunday, but he has previously and went charging down the pitch after Brenden Aaronson scored – things Hackett does not want to see.
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