English Premiership

Premier League officials slammed

2015-01-07 12:21
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London - The standards of some Premier League referees were "bordering on appalling" during matches over the busy holiday period, according to former FIFA referee Keith Hackett, who has named five referees he claims should be dropped.

The organisation that controls the referees, Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has rejected Hackett's claims, saying standards had risen since he stepped down as head in 2010.

Hackett, who refereed the 1981 FA Cup final as well as matches in the European Championship and Olympic Games in 1988, said on his blog "You Are The Ref" he counted "over 20 major errors" during the Christmas period.

He cited the "stupid" red card shown to Swansea City's Wayne Routledge at Queens Park Rangers by Anthony Taylor on New Year's Day and which has since been overturned, as being of particular concern.

"The latest big game decision error was the stupid dismissal of Wayne Routledge, who himself was on the receiving end of a reckless challenge," he said.

"It is unbelievable that a so-called top referee should make such a mistake.

"I see standards falling. Over the Christmas period, it reached standards that were bordering on appalling."

He continued: "There was a pretty poor performance from Andre Marriner in the Manchester City v Everton game (on Dec. 6). First of all, the failure to spot a challenge that resulted in Sergio Aguero having to go off, then a non-penalty decision.

"I was with a group of FIFA referees from Nigeria who watched with amazement. Do you think I took joy in that?"

Marriner is one of the five referees identified by Hackett who should no longer officiate Premier League matches after the end of this season.

As well as Marriner he named Mike Jones, Lee Mason, Chris Foy and Lee Probert, who refereed last season's FA Cup final, adding that his successor as the head of PGMOL, Mike Riley, should be replaced.

"You can't live on your reputation," Hackett said of the referees.

"At the moment, these guys are performing well below the level."

However, PGMOL countered that the accuracy of decision-making by referees in the Premier League was currently at an all-time high.

Their figures say accuracy on major decisions was up to 95 percent from 94.1 percent, accuracy on decisions in the penalty box stood at 98 percent, and offsides were now 99 percent accurate, compared to 92 percent when Hackett left PGMOL.

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