Former Premier League and International referee Keith Hackett believes Whitehawk’s last minute “goal” against Stourbridge should have stood.

With the FA Cup First Round tie level at 1-1, the Hawks – the focus of Non-League Daily’s TeamSnap Search for a Giantkiller feature – forced a corner deep into injury time.

Stourbridge cleared the corner and fell to Hawks midfielder Sergio Torres.

He tried his luck from distance but the ball looped up towards his team mate Javier Favarel.

The Argentinian struck the ball on the volley and it flew inside the near post to spark wild celebrations amongst the home support.

However, as Favarel was making contact with the ball referee Robert Whitton blew his whistle for full time, leaving the Hawks players angry, with goalkeeper Ross Flitney dismissed for his part in the protests.

However, speaking to Non-League Daily, You are the Ref director Hackett believes that Whitton should have waited to blow the full time whistle and urged other officials to follow that advice.

Hackett said “In 1981 I had the honor of refereeing the 100th FA Cup Final and witnessed at close hand the winning goal scored by Tottenham Hotspur’s Ricky Villa.

“It is a goal that features annually has one of the FA Cups top goals

“The competition over many years has seen some fantastic goals and we often see that wonderful goal by Hereford United’s Ronnie Radford a wonderful strike from distance that evoked great commentary from John Motson

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“There is no doubt that one of the best FA cup goals seen for many years was scored by Whitehawks substitute Javier Favarel who struck from a distance of thirty yards, the ball screaming into the back of the Stourbridge net.

“However instead of his team entering the next round of the cup and Javier been written into the list of outstanding goal scorers in our top competition.

“The referee ruled it out having blown to end the match seconds before the ball entered the goal.

“Years ago top FIFA referee Clive Thomas did a similar thing in a he blew the final whistle seconds before Zico of Brazil scored what would have been the winning goal from a corner in a 1978 World Cup match against Sweden.

 92292953 whitehawk“The laws of the game support the referees actions where Law 5 / section 3 under Powers and duties
The referee enforces the Laws of the Game
• controls the match in cooperation with the other match officials
• acts as timekeeper, keeps a record of the match and provides the appropriate authorities with a match report, including information on disciplinary action and any other incidents that occurred before, during or after the match
• supervises and/or indicates the restart of play.

“However I remain critical of the referee’s actions and believe he should have received appropriate practical operational advice to never blow the final whistle if the ball is heading for goal.

“So you referees out there please avoid this happening to you”

Whitehawk and Stourbridge will meet in a replay on Monday 14th November, with the winners hosting SkyBet League One Northampton Town in the FA Cup Second Round.

Keith Hackett is a former Premier League and FIFA referee and is director of

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