If any good comes from Sunday’s EPL refereeing debacle at least official Jon Moss and his bumbling inadequacies may have finally brought the sickening frequency of cheating in the penalty area to a head.
Although he halted Leicester’s drive for an EPL title on Sunday, he may end up winning his own title when fans fully unleash their rage against Moss in our worst referee poll:
His gross incompetence may be something that forces change from the idiocy that exists now. Whether referee Jon Moss got any of his controversial decisions correct is highly questionable. Moments after the final whistle social media and football pundits berated the 45-year-old referee from Sunderland after multiple controversial game-changing decisions in Sunday’s 2-2 draw between league-leading Leicester and West Ham.
Leicester goalkeeper Casper Schmeichel was one of the first to weigh in, asking whether moss was “on drugs” on his Twitter account.
Despite numerous clutch-and-grab incidents throughout the match Moss surprisingly chose to award a surprise penalty to West Ham’s Winston Reid in the 84th minute after the slightest of pushes from Leiscester’s Danny Morgan. That left 10-man Leicester fans scratching their heads after he chose to give striker Jamie Vardy his marching orders and a second yellow card for simulation after Vardy had hit the ground after contact from defender Angelo Ogbonna.
Oh and yeah the UFC epidemic - minus the punches and knees to the heads of opponents….yet - would continue with little punishment handed out from Moss for a number of other glaring incidents.
Five minutes after the ejection of Vardy, a full nelson wrestling hold on Leicester’s Robert Huth by Ogbonna in the Hammer’s penalty area was completely ignored by Moss.
But then came the complete unravelling of Moss when he pointed to the spot after he deemed West Ham striker Andy Carroll to have fouled Jeffrey Schlupp, allowing the Foxes to tie the game.
Maybe West Ham coach Slaven Bilic knew something when he mockingly put his jacket on the shoulders of the match’s fourth official in the opening minutes of the game, although after the critics have their say Moss and his officiating team may need a straight jacket.
After the match Carroll claimed that Schlupp was “already going down before I touched him” and will likely face suspension for his controversial comments about Moss.
“It’s not acceptable, week-in, week out we’ve had bad decisions. The same decisions, bad decisions, cost us games. It is eight points now that we’ve dropped. It is not acceptable.” ~ West Ham striker Andy Carroll.
BBC commentator Alan Shearer may have summed up the incident best when he bluntly refuted the game-tying PK call stating:
“It was never a penalty in a million years. I think the referee realized he messed up in not awarding a penalty for Huth, which is why he has not given this one, with the last kick of the game.” ~ BBC commentator Alan Shearer.
The match-deflating decisions and rampant cheating could eventually lead to a zero-tolerance policy from the EPL. And maybe that wouldn’t be so bad for the health of the game. A few automatic red cards for holding an opponent and the same for diving might be what the game needs. But please don’t do it like Mister Moss grossly inconsistently and waiting until the end of the season when a title-deciding match has captured the imagination of a global television audience.
Before the match had ended Moss had only gathered 20 votes in our poll for worst referee. Congratulation Moss, your total is sure to rise as the fallout continues from Moss’ howler at King Power on Sunday. Who knows maybe by the end of the season you’ll be stealing the title in our poll worst referee.
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Who is the worst referee in the English Premier League?
- Paul Tierney (1%, 10 Votes)
- Keith Stroud (1%, 11 Votes)
- Neil Swarbrick (2%, 14 Votes)
- Craig Pawson (2%, 17 Votes)
- Robert Madley (2%, 19 Votes)
- Roger East (3%, 20 Votes)
- Stuart Attwell (3%, 21 Votes)
- Mike Jones (3%, 22 Votes)
- Simon Hooper (3%, 25 Votes)
- Anthony Taylor (4%, 30 Votes)
- Andre Marriner (5%, 36 Votes)
- Lee Mason (5%, 36 Votes)
- Michael Oliver (5%, 37 Votes)
- Jonathan Moss (6%, 47 Votes)
- Mark Clattenburg (9%, 68 Votes)
- Martin Atkinson (9%, 71 Votes)
- Mike Dean (27%, 214 Votes)
- Kevin Friend (34%, 265 Votes)
Total Voters: 787