Poll given full backing by refs´ chief

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Referees´ chief Keith Hackett has insisted under-fire official Graham Poll was absolutely right to send off Everton´s James McFadden.

The Scottish forward claimed he was sent off in the Carling Cup defeat by Arsenal because Poll thought he called him a "f****** cheat" when he had in fact said "that was f****** s***". Everton manager David Moyes was furious with the decision but Hackett, head of the Professional Game Match Officials, said that both outbursts warranted straight red cards.

He told PA Sport: "Both of those statements fulfilled the criteria of a red-card offence therefore the referee has on this occasion followed the rules."

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