Neville fears ‘corruption’ after ex-ref’s shocking admission

Date published: Saturday 3rd September 2016 12:43

Mark Halsey: Comments have opened up a can of worms

Mark Halsey: Comments have opened up a can of worms

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey claims he was ‘told to say he had not seen controversial incidents during matches by the refereeing body’ that oversees officials’ performances.

Halsey’s comments came in the aftermath of Sergio Aguero’s three-match ban administered by the FA, with the Manchester City striker now set to miss the Manchester derby.

City appealed the ban, which came after Aguero was pictured elbowing West Ham defender Winston Reid during last Sunday’s game.

According to the Daily Mirror, ‘Manchester City were understood to be appealing the ban because TV images showed referee Andre Marriner was close to the incident and appeared to be looking clearly at Aguero’s tussle with West Ham defender Winston Reid’.

But Halsey, who retired from the game at the end of the 2012/13 season, has made the shocking admission that he had previously been told by the PGMOL – the Professional Game Match Officials Board – to say he had not seen controversial incidents, although he clearly had.

‘I have been in that situation,’ he wrote on Twitter, ‘when I have seen an incident and been told to say I haven’t seen it.’

When pressed further on his comments, the 55-year-old added: ‘To be fair to the FA… it’s not them. It comes from within the PGMOL.’

Former Manchester United defender and current pundit Gary Neville was unimpressed and himself tweeted:

Neville then later, tweeted:

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