By Danny Wright

3rd Jan, 2022 | 7:10pm

Ex-Premier League referee: West Brom and Cardiff face FA charge after post-match skirmish

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...

West Brom and Cardiff will be charged by the FA for a failure to control their players on Sunday, according to Keith Hackett.

Sam Johnstone and Aden Flint were sent off after a melee involving both sides occured after the final whistle in the 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.

The incident was sparked by referee Thomas Bramall failing to award the Baggies a penalty kick that even Cardiff boss Steve Morison admitted was a “stonewall penalty“.

After Conor Townsend was brought down in the box and Bramall blew the final whistle, Valerien Ismael charged onto the pitch and mayhem ensued.

Speaking about the incident, former Premier League and FIFA official Hackett detail the steps referees take when something like that occurs and has praised Bramall for his handling of the situation.

“There is a protocol for referees if there is a mass confrontation and that also includes the assistant referees,” Hackett told West Brom News.

He followed that through, he watched, blew his whistle, his two assistants joined in and then they can have a conversation. There are three pairs of eyes, plus the nearby fourth official, who were all watching this incident out of which then, they come to the decision that there’s a minimum of two red cards.

In terms of the protocol, this referee carried it out but what sparked it was the fact that he didn’t give a penalty kick earlier on and then the manager coming in.

West Brom will be charged – both clubs will be charged – for failing to control their players.”

Alex Mowatt was sent off during the game and seems likely to face a three-match ban before Johnstone and Flint’s altercation after the final whistle, which could also see them banned for three games each.

Albion have had five red cards in their last 11 Championship matches as issues with discipline continue.

In other West Brom news, a star QPR player has been ruled out of playing against the Albion later this month.

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