By Mark Smith

22nd Aug, 2022 | 4:10pm

Keith Hackett reacts to Thomas Tuchel and Jesse Marsch conduct in Leeds United win v Chelsea

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett to the MOT Leeds News team. Each week, Hackett will discuss the big moments from the latest Leeds United games and deliver his verdict on whether his successors got their calls right or wrong…

Keith Hackett has insisted that the FA must clamp down on the actions of managers after Leeds United beat Chelsea 3-0 on Sunday afternoon (21 August).

The ex-FIFA official insisted that both “let the game down” by consistently leaving their technical areas, and the German even got in the fact of the fourth official.

Hackett believes that officiating in England has been slack over the years, which has allowed managers to overstep the line without being punished.

“There are very clear guidelines that cover the technical area,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“Refereeing in England has been very slack and perhaps over tolerant, and when that happens, you get creepage. We see managers over-reacting, they’re passionate, but you can’t run out of the technical area down the touchline to celebrate. They should stay in the technical area, and I do think the FA have been weak on this one.

“I think that I want fourth officials to stand up, be real and manage it. The FA should do a good job and I think they’ve let the game down.”


This has been happening for years in the Premier League, long before Marsch stepped foot in England.

Marsch did run down the touchline to celebrate as Brenden Aaronson tapped home, but punishing him after watching Jurgen Klopp do that for years at Liverpool would be ludicrous.

The FA will be keeping an eye on things as Elland Road erupted, but we can’t see any punishment coming, especially for Marsch and his celebrations.

That is just passion, nothing more.

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