By Pranav Shahaney

3rd Jan, 2022 | 9:50pm

Keith Hackett calls for Premier League reform after Patrick Vieira incident post Palace v West Ham

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett as our exclusive West Ham United columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium...

Patrick Vieira could have received a red card for his actions post the West Ham v Crystal Palace game.

That’s according to former PGMOL chief Keith Hackett, who claims that the Palace boss was lucky to only be given a yellow.

What saved him was that he had a player pulling him away so he did not land himself into any further trouble.

He was aggrieved at half-time for the referee handing the Irons a penalty which was duly converted by Manuel Lanzini at the stroke of half-time.

The former Arsenal midfielder was also unhappy at what he perceived was a backpass in the second period of the game.

Discussing his temper and the penalty decision, Hackett told West Ham Zone, “I think that was good judgement. The player made his body shape bigger.

“That’s a great decision for the penalty kick.

“Regarding Patrick Vieira, he got a yellow. Could have easily got a red.

“He was held back by his own player. He lost it.

The solution the Premier League have got to bring into play is to stop managers from coming on to the field.

David Moyes’ side ran out 3-2 winners on a night that saw them nearly give away a three-goal lead.

Michail Antonio opened the scoring for the Hammers before Lanzini bagged an impressive brace, with the first one being compared to Paolo Di Canio.

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