Premier League refereeing worse than ever, says West Ham vice-chairman Brady
The Irons chief used his column to hit the state of arbitration in the English top level
Karren Brady has aimed at the level of refereeing in the Premier League.
There have been controversial refereeing decisions throughout the season and Brady believes West Ham hasn’t had the rubbing of the green.
Brady feels VAR hasn’t helped the situation, but believes the standard in general has been extremely poor in the current campaign.
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Hammers players Tomas Soucek and Fabian Balbuena have both received red cards this season, following VAR checks, only for the two cards that were overturned on appeal.
While the two sackings had no impact on the outcome of the 0-0 draw with Fulham and the 1-0 loss to Chelsea, Brady believes they highlight issues with match officials in the Premier League. .
Writing in his column in the Sun, Brady, vice president of Hammers, said: “The crowd in Stockley Park, flashing in front of a panoply of screens, can get more lag, although, God knows, they often do to the fury of people who see no meaning to the arms or shirt sleeves are involved.
“The refereeing itself has been poor this season, possibly the worst I’ve seen in the Premier League.
“There’s no doubt there will be stats that prove me wrong, but subjectively I can’t remember when the whistle was so out of tune with the game.
“VAR was sold to us as a way to perfect decisions.
“Those two red cards alone proved the opposite: It wasn’t until the referees were asked to look at the screen that kickoffs seemed like a possibility.
“Especially since the two incidents took place under the eyes of the referee.
“But despite that, both took the VERY broad hint of Stockley Park – and threw red cards to the astonishment of players and the disgust of millions of viewers.”
“Regarding Balbuena’s incident against Chelsea, coach David Moyes said the decision was’ rank, rotten ‘, adding:’ I think it was done by someone who has never played at the match.’
“And, yes, he’s absolutely right. VAR has never played a game and never will. “
Threats of referee are never justified
Mike Dean was in charge of the match with Fulham and showed Soucek the red card. The official came in for abuse afterwards, which Brady said must stop.
Brady said: “The anger at London Stadium or any other neighborhood is no excuse for the death threat from Mike Dean, who has sent off seven players so far this season, or anyone else. Such stupidity only redirects sympathy.
“Umpires are bound to make mistakes, most of us are mature enough to understand that, and VAR was supposed to take some of the weight of the blame off our shoulders.
“It has, a bit, but its replacement is the fury at some of the waste that’s supposed to be unbiased judgment.”