Retired referee, Howard Webb, has been making comments on recent EPL games especially in light of controversies as the season almost ends.
Referee Jon Moss sent off Leicester goal forward Jamie Vardy for diving and awarded West Ham a contentious penalty when he pointed to the spot after minimal contact between Andy Carroll and Jeff Schlupp in the closing seconds of a crucial game. The game eventually ended in a 2-2 draw.
Retired but well respected referee, Howard Webb said the Vardy, who could get miss more games if found guilty of abusing the referee in anger, said he does not believe the talented striker has a case to answer.
“The FA will look at whether to punish Vardy further for berating Moss.
“They extended Diego Costa’s ban recently for his aggression towards Michael Oliver but Vardy might be saved by the fact he left the field fairly quickly.
“Screaming at the referee like that wouldn’t happen if this was a Champions League game, as Leicester face next season. Refereeing as a foreign official was always easier as players didn’t know you well so feared and respected you more,” Webb wrote.
On a completely different case, the former referee hit out at the decision to remove Kevin Friend from Tottenham’s clash with Stoke after fans made uproar online. Many Spurs fans criticized the decision to appoint the referee since he lived in Leicester. They accused the referee of possible bias, especially since he has attended their games with friends and family. With spurs being the main rival for the EPL title, the referee was changed.
Webb criticized the decision saying it questions the integrity of the referees in the game.
“In my opinion, it would have been better not to appoint him in the first place.
“Then it prevents what has happened this week, social media goes crazy about a Leicester lad doing a game involving Spurs.
“He’d have gone out and done that game totally neutral. You can’t help but feel that your honesty and integrity has been questioned in that situation. He should have stayed on it.”