Keith Hackett wants Premier League meeting after Everton v Burnley controversy
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Keith Hackett wants a Premier League-wide meeting for managers after the controversy in the Everton and Burnley game on Monday night.
James Tarkowski avoided a yellow card for a reckless and potentially dangerous challenge on Richarlison in the second half of the Blues’ 3-1 win against Sean Dyche’s side at Goodison Park.
In August, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp blasted Burnley for their physical approach [talkSPORT] while Tarkowski could have easily been shown a red card for his heavy challenge on Richarlison on Monday.
Ex-referee Hackett believes PGMOL chief Mike Riley needs to hold crunch talks with Premier League managers to ensure that serious injuries are avoided.
Speaking to Goodison News, Hackett said: “Riley’s got to very quickly organise three half-day meetings across the country to ensure the dialogue goes on.
“I think, to be honest, if we’re looking at a boiling kettle, it’s bubbling.
“Therefore they’ve got to turn the gas down and get a bit of control back before it escalates and we have another player seriously injured.”
On Sunday, Leeds’ Pascal Struijk was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott that left the teenager in need of surgery.
Struijk appeared to win the ball when he made the tackle, which didn’t look by any means dangerous.
However, the reactive thinking of Craig Pawson saw Struijk sent off after the serious ankle injury was suffered.
But Mike Atkinson, who reffed the Everton and Burnley match, left a potential leg-breaker go unpunished.
In other Everton news, Adrian Durham mocked Newcastle fans after what happened late on as the Blues beat Burnley.