It seems that 51 year-old Mark Halsey is now considering retiring, after he has received threats after his performance in the Wigan vs Newcastle game when he failed to give McManaman even a yellow card or award a foul, for his horror tackle on Haidara, and then he allowed Wigan’s winning goal after 90 minutes, even though there was a clear hand ball before the goal.
Mark Halsey when he was fighting cancer in 2010
And comments made by former referee Graham Poll have not helped matters – but he has received support from former referee Alan Wiley.
The FA is reviewing footage of the tackle, and Mark has told therm he did not see the tackle, so things are opened for the FA to give McManaman a retroactive ban – probably of three games – but it’s not clear what the FA will do. It’s never clear what the FA will do in any one situation.
The Sun is reporting that Mark, who successfully fought cancer a few years ago, is considering retirement.
And this is what one of his friends told The Sun:
“Mark was made aware of one particularly vile message asking for his address and claiming he deserved a death threat.” “Mark loves refereeing and is consistently one of the best in the game but after something like this he is left wondering whether it is all worth it. He didn’t even sleep on Sunday. Everyone can see that his view of the incident was blocked.”
And Halsey is disgusted by comments made by former referee Graham Poll, who has always been a bit outspoken in his career – this is what Graham Poll said yesterday:
“I watch games and I see some referees who try their very hardest to run around as best as they possibly can and I get very disappointed when I see someone who doesn’t do that. ” “Mark used to be one of the fittest referees in the Premier League. He was incredible. I did fitness tests with him again and again. He was a very, very good referee.”
“People asked me why I stopped when I was 42. I’d rather stop refereeing and people say you should have done another couple of years than go on too long. That’s why I’m fearing for Mark.” “He’s been through a tough time in his life and no one wishes that on anyone.”
“I just hope Mark looks at it and thinks: ‘Is it time? Is this a signal to go? Let’s bow out with some grace and dignity and go. It’s time for me to call it a day.'”
Mark Halsey successfully fought cancer four years ago ,and took some time off from refereeing in 2009 to undergo chemotherapy to treat a cancerous tumour in his throat, and he returned to refereeing the next year.
Graham Poll’s remarks above are basically suggesting Mark is now too too old to referee.
It’s not good that Mark has received death threats, and from what we know of him, he is a good man, a courageous man, who had an off day at the office on Sunday.
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