Former Premier League referee expects Tottenham to receive FA charge

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Former Premier League and FIFA referee, Keith Hackett has claimed that he expects the Football Association to charge Tottenham Hotspur following Japhet Tanganga’s altercation with Wilfried Zaha.

Tanganga cynically brought Zaha down in the second half after Crystal Palace refused to put the ball out play when a Spurs player was on the ground.

The incident then blew up as Zaha and Tanganga had to be separated by their teammates, with both players picking up yellow cards for the incident.

This worked to Palace’s advantage as Tanganga caught Jordan Ayew with a mistimed challenge just minutes later, which saw him earn another booking and receive his marching orders.

The home side took full advantage of the extra man as they put three past Spurs in the final half an hour of the game.

As a result of being red-carded, Tanganga will be suspended for the London derby against Chelsea next week.

Hackett believes that is not the only punishment Tottenham will face, with the former referee expecting the Lilywhites to be charged for failing to control the players.

When asked about the incident at Selhurst Park, Hackett told Football Insider: “I’ve no doubt, like we outlined with Chelsea, that the FA will bring a charge.

“I’m sure the FA will look at this particular incident, particularly if it has been put in the post-match incident report by the FA.”

Spurs Web Opinion

It is evident from the footage that both Zaha and Tanganga lost control. So, if Tottenham are charged retrospectively for the incident, then so should Palace. I do not see how the FA can see Tanganga as the guilty part and absolve Zaha of any responsibility for the altercation.

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