Sunday 25 September 2016

'I've seen an incident and been told to say I haven't: Ex-Premier League referee makes explosive claim about top flight officiating

Published 03/09/2016 | 11:21

Referee Mark Halsey seen during the pre-season friendly football match between Liverpool and Olympiakos at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, northwest England on August 3, 2013. The game is a testimonial match for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard who recently signed a new two-year contract extension with Liverpool, the only club he has ever played for. AFP PHOTO/LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)
Referee Mark Halsey seen during the pre-season friendly football match between Liverpool and Olympiakos at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, northwest England on August 3, 2013. The game is a testimonial match for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard who recently signed a new two-year contract extension with Liverpool, the only club he has ever played for. AFP PHOTO/LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

The debate about Sergio Aguero's three match ban has got a lot more interesting after comments from ex-Premier League referee Mark Halsey.

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The Argentine striker was banned for three matches after an apparent elbow on West Ham's Winston Reid, but Man City are appealing because they claim that TV footage shows that referee Andre Marriner saw the incident and decided to do nothing.

Halsey, who retired from top flight refereeing in 2013, was speaking about the decision on Twitter, when he alleged that the PGMOL - the organising body for elite referees in England - told him to say he hadn't seen incidents that he had witnessed during a game.

Gary Neville was one of many who wished to know more about what Halsey had been told. It will be interesting to see how Monday Night Football tackle the topic next week, or if Sky bring up the subject during their international coverage over the next few days.

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