Premier League - Halsey 'names and shames' six refs 'not good enough for job'

Mark Halsey has hit out at the standard of refereeing in the Premier League, blaming an "atmosphere of fear and paranoia" created by the body in charge of match officials.

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Premier League - Halsey 'names and shames' six refs 'not good enough for job'

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FOOTBALL Premier League referee Mark Halsey

The 52-year-old, who hung up his whistle at the end of last season, reckons only eight of the current crop are good enough.

The Sun's newspaper leads their back page with Halsey's revelations with the headline 'Named N' Shamed' before listing the "six Premier League referees that are not good enough for the job."

The six referees that are singled out by Halsey and the newspaper as needing "urgent help" are Mike Jones, Jon Moss, Kevin Friend, Lee Mason, Roger East and Neil Swarbrick.

Halsey says that Jones is "poor and lacks authority," comments that East "does not look up to it" and describes Friend as "middle order."

Halsey believes referees' chief Mike Riley and his assistant Keren Barratt are part of the problem.

He told the Sun: "Don't get me wrong, there are some really top referees out there.

"I reckon currently there is a 'great eight', in no particular order: Mark Clattenburg, Howard Webb, Mike Dean, Andre Marriner, Lee Probert, Martin Atkinson, Phil Dowd and Chris Foy.

"But as for the other 10 on the elite list, well... some are just not up to it while others need more experience, better nurturing and coaching."

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Picture: The 'middle order' Kevin Friend (PA)

Halsey believes much of the blame lies with the body that oversees referees - Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) - as well as their general manager Riley and select group manager Barratt.

"[PGMOL] are running the whole show on an apparent power trip while creating an atmosphere of fear and paranoia," Halsey said.

"That is not helping the weaker officials improve and the system often confuses and frequently frustrates the best referees who get mixed messages about what is expected of them."

Halsey believes the wrong officials are often picked for big games and blames that on Riley and Barratt.

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