Gerrard gets his wish
In an unprecedented move, Hackett publically admitted the error and said that disciplinary action will be taken. I don’t think that’s a good decision. Admitting the error is enough, referees are under enough pressure and disciplining the referee for a mistake makes them even more tentative.
Liverpool were leading the match 1-0 until Styles awarded Florent Malouda a penalty after he appeared to jump over the ball to let it pass and on the back of Steve Finnan. The referee, right on top of it, got it completely wrong and pointed to the spot.
This morning Steven Gerrard hit the papers calling for a public apology and it appears that is exactly what will happen. Styles will now not be allowed to referee this weekend because of the issue.
I think that there should be a public apology for the decision, but taking it any further than that sends a chill thru the ranks. You will see fewer decisions given because of it.