Jake Livermore avoids red card for nasty tackle on Yuri Ribeiro as fears about refereeing standards in England grow
Feb. 15, 2020
Jake Livermore was extremely fortunate to avoid a red card for a terrible tackle on Nottingham Forest defender Yuri Ribeiro.
The West Brom man hacked Ribeiro to the ground in the early stages of the Championship clash at The Hawthorns.
After making the poor tackle, Livermore berated Ribeiro as the defender lay in a heap. Play was stopped to allow Forest medical staff to treat the player.
Amazingly though, not only did Livermore escape a red, he wasn’t even shown a yellow card by referee Keith Stroud.
Below you can see some images of the terrible tackle.
Forest will have every right to feel aggrieved in the game with Livermore playing a key part in West Brom’s second goal – the midfielder firing the ball into Tobias Figuerido, who turned it into his own net.
West Brom were fortunate to have the ball in that move as Livermore, yes him again, managed to avoid being penalised despite clearly tripping Sammy Ameobi over.
This incident comes amid fears over the standards of refereeing in England, with former Premier League referee Keith Hackett claiming the English top flight is ‘struggling.’
Hackett told talkSPORT on Friday: “We’ve not replaced the likes of [Howard] Webb, [Mark] Clattenburg, [Mark]Halsey, Paul Durkin and all those referees of the past.
“I’m not having a go at the FA, Premier League or Football League, it’s the Professional Game Match Officials Board that’s at fault.
“The three bodies invest into English referees at professional level £20million per year. That’s a huge sum out of which we only have two elite referees in Europe and that’s [Michael] Oliver and [Anthony] [Taylor.
“I think Michael Oliver is a world class referee and then we’re struggling.”
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