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Keith Hackett has slammed the PGMOL and the Premier League for a kit clash in the game between Leeds United and Fulham on Friday night.
Fulham keeper Alphonse Areola and referee David Coote were in very similarly coloured tops and Hackett claims the rules of the game are clear on this subject.
He said that it could create a real problem and that the law is there “for a reason”.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Hackett said, “The referee’s kit clashed with the Fulham goalkeeper.
“It might well be that Fulham say their keeper’s shirt is green, not yellow. They might have registered it as that colour but at the end of the day it clashes with the referee and they’ve got to have distinguishing colours.
“It might be okay for the referee to say, ‘Well I’m not in the penalty area so it’s not a problem’. But, when players are looking forward, they see a flash of colour and that can impact them.
“If the action is in the penalty area and you’re a defender, you might think the goalkeeper is there.
“The rules of the game are clear, you’ve got to have distinguishing colours… The keepers have to be different to their team, their opponents and the referee.
“So, it’s simple really. The formula should be that there are five colours on the pitch – the two sets of outfield players, the two keepers and the referee.
“I really do think the PGMOL and the Premier League have to think seriously about this. There could be a real problem arise in the future. It’s about distraction and clarity.
“The laws are there and they’re there for a reason. The PGMOL should apply the law.”
Yellowy-green and greeny-yellow. Fulham might argue that the colours are different but we noticed this during the game and it must have an impact on the players.
At first glance, it was almost impossible to tell the difference between the two.
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