Neville like dog with bone on ‘corrupt’ refs

Date published: Sunday 4th September 2016 9:17

Gary Neville is disgusted with the PGMOL’s denial of ex-referee Mark Halsey’s claims that he was pressured not to report certain incidents by the governing body.

Halsey said during a debate on Twitter about Sergio Aguero’s elbowing of Winston Reid – ‘not seen’ by the referee – that officials are told to deny seeing controversial incidents.

Halsey wrote: “I have been in that situation, when I have seen an incident and been told to say I haven’t seen it.

“To be fair to the FA… it’s not them. It comes from within the PGMOL.”

Neville waded into the debate and asked whether that would make the process ‘corrupt’.

The governing body then issued a statement saying: “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.”

Neville’s incredulity at this statement was revealed in a series of tweets early on Sunday morning.

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