By Nick Ware

22nd Nov, 2021 | 12:12pm

Keith Hackett delivers verdict on whether West Brom will win Jake Livermore red card appeal

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...

Keith Hackett suggests Jake Livermore is unlikely to see his West Brom ban overturned after Saturday’s red card against Huddersfield Town.

Albion captain Livermore, 32, was dismissed for a high boot in the 78th-minute of the Terriers’ 1-0 win at the Kirkless Stadium.

West Brom have appealed the decision [The Athletic], with Baggies boss Valerien Ismael saying “it was never a red card”.

Former FIFA-listed referee Hackett, though, has cast doubt over their chances of overturning Livermore’s ban.

“When a club appeals a red card, they’ve always got a chance, based on the makeup of the appeal’s panel,” Hackett told West Brom News. “The appeal’s panel could be a player, a former manager and a former referee, it’s a two-one majority.

“It’s a serious foul play action. What you have to ask is – players have a duty of care towards an opponent – did he actually demonstrate that? You could see where the opponent’s head is but he’s still gone with his foot raised very high to kick the ball despite the fact the guy is down a bit with his head.

“From a refereeing and law point of view, I think they’re on dodgy ground if they’re going for an appeal, but there is a chance.

“But I’d be very doubtful if they won the appeal, from a refereeing point of view.”

In other West Brom news, Jim White delivered his verdict after Trevor Sinclair made an Albion suggestion live on talkSPORT.

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