By Nick Ware

22nd Nov, 2021 | 4:10pm

Keith Hackett reacts as West Brom defender Dara O'Shea hit with FA charge

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Keith Hackett has delivered his verdict on the FA’s decision to hand a three-game ban to West Brom defender Dara O’Shea over an incident in August.

O’Shea, 22, has not played for West Brom since August 28 after suffering a serious injury while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland four days later.

It was that August game, a 1-0 win at Peterborough, that saw him charged by the FA last week.

He has been fined £7,500 and banned for three games [BBC] after being found guilty of improper or violent conduct towards a Peterborough steward, an incident that can be seen in a video posted on Twitter [George Poole].

Former Premier League referee Hackett has delivered his verdict after the punishment was confirmed nearly three months after the event, with O’Shea’s appeal rejected.

“I’ve no doubt that the reason this has taken so long is probably because of the legal connotations,” Hackett told West Brom News.

“What would have happened is the process is the FA review the clip and they will have asked for the clubs for their observations, and you don’t know how quickly they’ve responded. Then no doubt they’ve got a system where obviously availability to attend a hearing might well have been the justification for the delay.

“[Just] don’t push the steward.”

No blow for Baggies

Despite making significant progress from his injury, O’Shea is still out of action for the foreseeable future, which means his three-game ban is of little relevance anyway.

The verdict was delivered before Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town, and it means he is technically suspended for Tuesday’s trip to Blackpool and the visit of Nottingham Forest to The Hawthorns on Friday.

In other West Brom news, Hackett has dropped his verdict on whether Jake Livermore’s ban will be overturned after Albion launched an appeal.

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