Ex-FIFA official slams decision to disallow Stoke goal versus West Brom

The former FA Cup final referee has had his say

Stoke goal should have been allowed - Hackett

A former Premier League and FIFA-listed referee has criticised the decision to disallow an own goal from West Brom’s Darnell Furlong in their loss to Stoke City on Friday.

Referee Tim Robinson ruled out the goal after he deemed Mario Vrancic to have produced a foul in the build up – a decision heavily criticised by many.

Now former official Keith Hackett has weighed in on the discussion, adding his bemusement to the incident.

Speaking to West Brom News, the 77-year-old said: “That goal should have been allowed.

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“That’s a poor decision from the referee. There’s no foul.”

Ultimately, the decision didn’t come back to haunt Stoke as they ran out 1-0 winners thanks to Nick Powell’s second-half strike – his fourth in as many games.

The Potters sit fourth in the Championship going into the international break.


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Hackett in profile

Hackett officiated in the Premier League between 1992 and 1994 and was a FIFA-listed referee between 1981 to 1991.

He worked his way up through the Northern Premier League and Football League in the years prior. He made it all the way to the First Division.

In 1981, Hackett refereed the FA Cup final at Wembley aged 36 as Tottenham beat Manchester City 3-2.

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He had been an assistant in the final two years earlier.

The Sheffield-born official went on oversee matches at the 1988 Euros and the Olympic Games the same year.

His most memorable match came in the 1990/91 season encounter between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford when a 21-man brawl broke out just before half-time.

Arsenal were docked two points and Manchester United, one, for the incident after a three-hour consultation between Hackett and his officials, and the FA.

He hung his whistle up the season after the launch of the Premier League just before his 50th birthday.

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