Former Premier League referee Keith Hackett has called for Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes to be banned after he shoved a linesman during the 7-0 defeat to Liverpool.
The Portugal international did not have his finest hour at Anfield on Sunday, looking petulant and stroppy throughout the game, which was, admittedly, an absolute nightmare for the Red Devils.
Still, there can be no excuse for what Fernandes did, and Hackett thinks the Man Utd midfielder needs to feel the full force of the law for the incident.
“I am concerned and disappointed that the Football Association has seen Bruno Fernandes’ push on an official and glossed over it,” Hackett wrote in his column in the Telegraph.
“At the very least, Fernandes needs to be charged by the FA and to then go through the disciplinary processes. What is the message being sent out here, with no further action taken?
“The people making the decision for him not to face punishment will need to look at their processes here.
“The incident was not deemed serious enough to put in the referees’ report on the game so Fernandes escaped – but you cannot, in any circumstances, put your hands on an official.
“I would ban any player for touching an official for one match, and then the punishment can be increased in line with the severity of the offence.
“We all saw the video – and the VAR did too – and you can see Fernandes’ frustration, you can see his arm bend into pushing the assistant. He knew exactly what he was doing and him getting off sets the wrong precedent.”
I am ManU supporter. I believe Fernandes must face punishment. Correctly said, the right msg must be sent, even if the club enforces at club level.
I think Bruno it’s high time he faces punishment to neutralize unnecessary temper he creates in himself to officials he needs to learn a lesson.he must learn to protest in an appropriate manner
He need not to face any punishment.. As what he did is not much for punishment..!! He was angered any player would.. When the assistance stand in his way.
Bruno needs to face punishment otherwise any player will think that they can get away with it
He should be forgiving. He did it out of frustration.
Lot of pearl clutching dandy fellas gathered for this one.
If u are a rival team support u can say he needs to be punished, but those in the game with the officials knows that there are those time in the pitch that are called heat of the moment, frustration etc , but the problem is noticed when uts Manchester United why, just asking guys these days they don’t want casemiro whereas our players are being injured without any caution from the refs to the opponents, VAR team is always there to makes those calls if the ref wasn’t in a good position, but if its a united player var is quicker to intervene, so players they turn to loose temper with the officials decisions, so ppl should leave Fernandez alone en focus in their teams