Tuesday 25 April 2017

Jonathan Moss gave 'worst refereeing display all season' in Leicester and West Ham draw

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy (L) reacts after referee Jonathan Moss (2L) showed Vardy his second yellow card for simulation to send him off during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and West Ham United at King Power Stadium
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy (L) reacts after referee Jonathan Moss (2L) showed Vardy his second yellow card for simulation to send him off during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and West Ham United at King Power Stadium

Former Premier League referee Keith Hackett has described Jonathan Moss’ display in the draw between Leicester and West Ham as “the worst refereeing performance I have seen all season”.

Moss has come under fire for his handling of Sunday’s match at the King Power Stadium, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

The official received a torrent of abuse from England striker Jamie Vardy after he sent-off the Leicester forward following what Moss felt was a dive in the penalty area.

Moss also went on to award West Ham a penalty after Wes Morgan hauled down Winston Reid as they challenged for a corner, before failing to give Leicester a spot-kick after a similar infringement by Angelo Ogbonna on Robert Huth.

And there was further controversy in the final minute of injury-time as Moss awarded Leicester a spot kick of their own after Andy Carroll challenged Jeffrey Schlupp just inside the area.

The referee’s performance has received widespread condemnation, and Hackett has waded into the row as he believes taking charge of a game involving title-chasing Leicester was simply “too big” for the official.

“Jamie Vardy and his sending off- his first yellow card, for me, was not an offence,” Hackett told you-are-the-ref.com.

“Later, Moss was in a poor position to issue a second yellow for Vardy’s alleged act of simulation.

“In added time, with West Ham leading 2-1, Moss awarded a penalty kick to Leicester which was completely incorrect – no offence had taken place.

“Frankly this was too big a game for him – he failed to remain calm and in control. Tempo management was missing. He needed to put his foot on the ball.

“Moss was totally inconsistent with his decision making, highlighted by the large number of grappling offences that went unpunished.

“Crucially, we are seeing the product of weak refereeing throughout the season when it comes to grappling. The fact that referees are not penalising it in a consistent manner has made this a cancer in the game.

“The worst refereeing performance I have witnessed all season.”

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