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It would be ‘wrong’ to punish Sergio Aguero over clash with Wigan fan, former referee tells talkSPORT

Sergio Aguero is led from the pitch by Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta Tuesday, February 20, 2018 The Football Association would be ‘wrong’ to punish Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero for his clash with a Wigan fan, according to former Premier League referee Mark Halsey. Aguero was involved in a physical exchange with a supporter as thousands of fans spilled onto the field following Wigan’s stunning 1-0 victory in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday night. The Argentina international was on his way to the tunnel when he was…

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Referee admits he cost Chelsea a place in the Champions League final with performance against Barcelona in 2009

The referee who was in charge when Barcelona controversially dumped Chelsea out of the Champions League in 2009 has admitted he made ‘mistakes’. The Blues welcomed the Catalan giants to Stamford Bridge in the second leg of their semi-final clash, but the talking point of the game was the performance of Tom Henning Ovrebo. After Chelsea were denied what seemed like four clear penalty decisions, the home crowd began baying for blood at the full-time whistle with striker Didier Drogba labelling the German ‘a f******g disgrace’ live on television. And…

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Former Premier League referee labels VAR use a 'farce' after TV replays reveal zig-zag lines for Juan Mata goal

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has said Juan Mata’s disallowed goal in Manchester United’s FA Cup win at Huddersfield should have stood even though replays show he was marginally offside. Mata’s strike was ruled out following a VAR review by referee Kevin Friend, but the TV replays of the VAR featured odd and wavy lines instead of straight ones, sparking huge controversy. While the decision did not affect the result for United, who went on to win the game 2-0, it led to many questioning whether the new system…

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Referee Moss 'misguided' to ask for TV help in penalty decision

Referee Jon Moss was “misguided” to ask the fourth official for help using television when awarding Tottenham’s first penalty at Liverpool on Sunday, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) says. Moss made the request to Martin Atkinson via his headset after Harry Kane had been brought down by Reds keeper Loris Karius – with the referee trying to clarify if the Spurs striker was offside. Video assistant referee (VAR) was not in operation at Anfield. “For the avoidance of doubt, Atkinson did not view a television monitor and did…

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Arsenal boss Wenger called referee Dean 'not honest' and 'a disgrace' after West Brom draw

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger called referee Mike Dean “not honest” and “a disgrace” after the Gunners’ 1-1 draw at West Brom on New Year’s Eve, the Football Association has revealed. Dean gave a controversial late penalty, which the Baggies scored in a 1-1 draw. Wenger entered the officials’ changing room and confronted Dean, according to a disciplinary panel’s reasons for the manager’s three-match touchline ban. The referee said Wenger was “very aggressive”. Written testimony from Dean, his assistant referees and the fourth official are contained in the report and give…

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Referee aims kick at player during PSG win – then sends him off

Paris St-Germain’s latest Ligue 1 win ended in controversy as the referee aimed a kick at a Nantes player after they collided – then sent him off. Nantes finished the game with 10 men as defender Diego Carlos was shown a second yellow card in injury time after the incident with referee Tony Chapron. Nantes chairman Waldemar Kita said Chapron should be banned for six months for the “scandalous” decision. But he added: “I do not want to believe he did it on purpose.” ‘It’s a joke’ As PSG broke…

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