Ex-Premier League official reacts to West Brom red card incident in FA Cup loss v Brighton
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...
Referee Robert Jones was correct to send Cedric Kipre off as West Brom lost to Brighton on Saturday, according to Keith Hackett.
Kipre, 25, was booked in the 67th minute before a second yellow card followed two minutes later.
Albion were 1-0 up at the time of Kipre’s red card with Callum Robinson scoring earlier in the first half but the centre-back’s dismissal led to a Brighton revival as they equalised before winning the game 2-1 at The Hawthorns in extra time.
Kipre’s red card was the sixth time in the last 12 matches that West Brom have had a player sent off and Hackett feels there’s clearly an issue that needs to be addressed.
Speaking to West Brom News, the former Premier League and FIFA official said: “It’s a red card, the referee is spot on.
“Ultimately, at the end of the day, when you’ve got that first yellow card, you’ve got to show some discipline.
“It’s just running through the club, isn’t it?
“Look, there is a thing about aggression and wanting to win and all those aspects. But the game of football is played under a set of laws.
“I just think that they ought to get an ex-referee in to discuss these incidents with the players so that there is an understanding of what you can and cannot do. The message from the manager and from the coaching staff just isn’t getting through.“
It would be fair to say that both challenges by Kipre were clumsy and we’d all be calling for yellow cards for each of them if they were by an opposition player.
It’s the fifth time in Kipre’s career in British football that he’s been red-carded with the French-born centre-back always looking as though he’s someone who can find himself in the referee’s book.
In other West Brom news, this player was dubbed “stupid” by a Sky Sports pundit in the loss to Brighton.