By Nick Ware

21st Sep, 2021 | 5:10pm

Keith Hackett: West Brom handed unfair advantage in 1-1 draw v Preston

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League & FIFA-listed referee Keith Hackett as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at West Brom.

Ex-Premier League referee Keith Hackett is highly critical of a decision that led to West Brom scoring against Preston North End on Saturday.

The home side took the lead through at Deepdale via a Ben Whiteman goal, but Albion rallied to force home an equaliser in first-half stoppage time.

The goal came from a Matt Phillips header, but the chaos in the penalty box was created by a trademark Darnell Furlong throw-in.

However, replays show that he gained a lot of ground from where the ball originally went out of play.

Hackett has lamented the referee’s failure to spot the advantage gained by Furlong.

“This is really poor officiating,” Hackett told West Brom News.

“The rules of the game are quite clear – a throw-in should be taken at the nearest point the ball left the pitch. That’s pretty obvious.

“The second bit is that the referee is expected to manage the position of the throw, so here’s a referee who’s completely ignored his job.

“He’s not done his job, he’s failed to manage the restart, the position of the throw-in. Now, if a player takes a throw-in from the wrong position, the law states that the throw-in is then taken by the opposition.

“So here is a really poor application of refereeing – failure to manage the position of the throw-in, allowing the team to take yards, not inches, yards down the line, which gives an unfair advantage to West Brom, who scored.

“For me, I think this is the worst piece of refereeing of the weekend. I’m clear.”

In other West Brom news, Adrian Goldberg was furious with a ‘vile’ chant he heard from Albion fans about a rival club’s player on Saturday.

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