Keith Hackett wants Premier League to take urgent refereeing action amid West Ham incidents
We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett as our exclusive West Ham United columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium.
Keith Hackett wants the Premier League to take accountability for the level of refereeing amid a number of controversial decisions against West Ham recently.
The Irons have been on the receiving end of a number of peculiar refereeing rulings this season, not least Fabian Balbuena’s dismissal against Chelsea last month.
Tomas Soucek also saw red at Fulham in February, but like Balbuena it was rescinded after review later in the week, leading vice-chairman Karren Brady to tell the Sun that these current referees could be the “worst” she’s ever seen.
Former Premier League referee Hackett doesn’t believe David Moyes is getting the rub of the green in East London.
“He’s had some pretty awful decisions against him, the red cards that have been overturned,” Hackett told West Ham Zone.
“He’s not gone too public on it, he hasn’t jumped up and down in the technical area and maybe someone should listen to him.
“It’s Karren Brady saying they’re not good enough and I agree with her in the main, but when you complain you’ve got to say ‘what are you going to do about it? What is the problem?’
“We know the boss [Mike Riley] of the PGMOL just isn’t good enough but he’s been there for nearly 10 years now, so he’s the longest-serving guy who is on the PGMOL.
“Then say to the board of directors at PGMOL, why are you putting up with this?
“Those companies that contribute ie the Premier League, the Football League, are having a dig at referees, well it’s up to you to do something about it.
“The coaches are not good enough and training education-wise is not good enough, there’s no accountability.”
It’s admirable that Moyes isn’t making as much of the incidents as other managers might.
He’s remained pretty cool throughout but Hackett is right in that something has to change quickly to get a hold of these referees making peculiar calls every weekend.
It’s incumbent on the PGMOL and the Premier League to enhance the standard of refereeing, or risk continuing to be the laughing stock of football.
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