‘Extraordinary’ – Ex-Fifa Ref reacts to Police verdict on Newcastle controversy

The referee will have reported the banner from the Crystal Palace fans aimed at the new Newcastle United owners to the FA.

That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the “extraordinary incident” at Selhurst Park.

Palace fan group Holmesdale Fanatics unveileved a banner during Saturday’s 2-2 draw cricticisng the Premier League for approving the Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle.

It was reported to the police and Croydon MPS released a statement today (October 25) confirming no offence had taken place and no further action will be taken.

“Right, I think this is interesting,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“The referee, of course, cannot do anything during the game. He’s not looking at the banners and those sorts of things. But, at every ground, you do have monitoring stations for the police with their own sets of video cameras and filming as part of the security arrangements.

“As I understand it, the police are, in fact, took that into their own hands.

“From a referee perspective, he will probably report it as an extraordinary incident, as it might have been brought to his attention.

“Therefore, we had to wait for the outcome of the police report.

“I had this in the past, I was in Italy, when there were signs put up on the fence. They were playing Maccabi Tel Aviv and the sings were anti-semitic. I was the match delegate and we had those removed before kick-off.

“I said to the club ‘Look, if those are displayed during the match we will report it to UEFA’ and they were removed.”

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