Ex-Premier League ref says he was told to say he hadn't seen incidents that he had witnessed

Mark Halsey made the comments on Twitter

Mark Halsey,

Former Referee Mark Halsey commentates for BT Sport during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Picture by: Peter Byrne / PA Archive/Press Association Images

An ex-Premier League referee has claimed that he was told to say that he did not witness incidents during matches.

His comments come in the wake of the three-match ban for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero for striking West Ham defender Winston Reid with his elbow.

Aguero was not punished during the match and in those situations the Football Association cannot act if the referee has seen an incident and included it in his post-match report.

Mark Halsey, who refereed in the Premier League between 1999 and 2013, tweeted to say that he had been "in that situation when I have seen an incident and been told to say I haven't seen it." 

He later added that it was not the Football Association but rather the Professional Game Match Officials Limited. 


Sky Sports pundit and ex-Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville did not hide his shock at Halsey's revelations, describing it as a "huge problem".