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Officiating in England ‘not ok’ and refs ‘not sturdy’ says Simon Jordan, as Mark Halsey accuses VAR of ‘re-refereeing video games’


Nov 24, 2020
Officiating in England ‘not good enough’ and refs ‘not strong’ says Simon Jordan, as Mark Halsey accuses VAR of ‘re-refereeing games’

talkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan has been brazenly vital of the qualify of officiating in English soccer, branding it ‘not ok’.

Premier League referees have been within the highlight as soon as extra over the weekend, particularly within the Aston Villa vs Brighton and Manchester United vs West Brom fixtures.

Michael Oliver overturned his penalty determination within the Aston Villa vs Brighton match

Each video games had penalties awarded, solely to later be dominated out after VAR opinions and the referee consulting the pitchside monitor.

And former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan believes referees on this nation are ‘not sturdy sufficient’ to face up for what they imagine is appropriate.

“The refereeing customary on this nation will not be ok,” he mentioned on Monday’s White and Jordan present.

“It’s not sturdy sufficient, they don’t have the braveness of their convictions.

“The choice-making course of [should be] clear and apparent.”

Mark Halsey, who refereed Premier League matches for 14 years between 1999 and 2013, additionally slammed the usage of VAR as he joined Monday’s Sports activities Breakfast.

In the course of the weekend’s matches, Michael Oliver awarded Aston Villa an injury-time penalty towards Brighton as Trezeguet gave the impression to be tripped by Solly March.

In the meantime, David Coote pointed to the spot when West Brom’s Conor Gallagher gave the impression to be fouled by Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United.

However after being informed by VAR to evaluate the respective incidents on their pitchside displays, each referees overturned their authentic selections.

It appeared as if March tripped Trezeguet
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Halsey insists VAR is ‘re-refereeing’ matches these days.

He mentioned: “Trezeguet goes down, I referred to as that as a penalty immediately. I noticed the replay and I nonetheless thought it was a penalty. For me that was completely easy.

“VAR shouldn’t have are available on that incident. It’s not a transparent and apparent error. Why have they arrive in?

“It’s in regards to the coaching and training of our referees utilizing VAR and they need to not have are available and that comes from the administration.

Coote additionally overturned his penalty determination
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“That comes from the management and route of the administration.

“The issue we’re having now could be VAR will get concerned in each foolish little incident, and it shouldn’t be like that.

“The referee goes throughout, and you might see David Coote within the West Brom/Man United incident considering, ‘have I bought this penalty improper?’

“Right away he’s going throughout considering he’s bought it improper. So what’s occurred is the VAR is re-refereeing the sport and it’s not what it’s there for.”