Premier League referees’ governing body have rejected allegations of pressuring match officials to lie about having seen incidents during matches.
Mark Halsey, who retired at the end of the league season in 2013, claimed he had been told to say he had missed incidents by the organisation which provides and assesses referees for England’s top tier competition, PGMOL, on Friday.
Halsey was debating a recent controversial case involving Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero on Twitter. During City’s 3-1 win over West Ham last Sunday Aguero appeared to throw an elbow at Irons centre-back Winston Reid while contesting a headed duel.
The incident resulted in no immediate punishment from referee Andre Marriner, but the Argentina international has since been charged by the FA and banned for three games.
City chose to appeal, arguing that Marriner was close enough and had a clear line of sight on the altercation; retrospective action can only be applied by the FA when officials did not see the incident concerned.
Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville in response questioned whether Halsey’s revelations constitute corruption.
Halsey, 55, specified that orders to deny having witnessed events being considered for retrospective punishment comes not from the FA, but PGMOL.
PGMOL’s response, one which has since been deemed inadequate for its failure to promise a thorough investigation into their former official’s claims by Neville, has been to reject the allegations by outlining standard procedure.
Their statement read: “Match officials submit their reports, including critical incidents, directly to the FA. Match officials ensure that their reports are a full and accurate description of the incident.
“There is no pressure from the PGMOL to include or omit anything.”
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