Steven Taylor Backs Under Pressure Referee

51-year-old referee Mark Halsey has already overcome cancer to get back into ­refereeing in the Premier League, and although he missed that terrible tackle from McManaman on Massadio Haidara at Wigan a week ago, in his report he told the FA that if he had seen it,  he would have given a straight red card to the Wigan player.

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Steven Taylor – hopes Halsey doesn’t retire

Steven Taylor is on World Cup duty with England at the moment, and   he didn’t make his debut in the 8-0 win in San Marino, and may not get on in the tough game at Montenegro coming up on Tuesday night.

But Steven hopes that Mark Halsey, who has shown courage in his personal life fighting cancer, will not retire from the game, and the 27 year-old Geordie had this to say in The People:

“I sincerely hope Mark Halsey does not quit refereeing.” “Yes, he missed what was a bad tackle on Massadio Haidara because his view of the incident was blocked. He has admitted the Wigan player deserved a red card and has ­ apologized to our gaffer.”

“I don’t see what else he can do now, and the talk of him quitting is just not on.” “I know I speak for a lot of other players in the Premier League when I say he is a ­player’s referee and one we enjoy playing under.”

“Earlier this season when I was getting all sorts of abuse as I went on as substitute against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, he told me not to worry because he had even had death threats.” “He took the time to ­support me then and the least I can do is support him now.”

Those are good words from Taylor, who has been in the best form of his career since returning from injury in January.

We also hope Mark doesn’t retire, and it’s unfortunate and unfair that the man has received death threats, from missing a tackle when his view was blocked.

What do you think?

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17 comments so far

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 24, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #1

    I agree with Taylor on this.

    It was what? A one in a thousand chance he would not of seen that incident through someone running through his path blcking him? My heated reaction at the time was due to the rest of the officials and the FA. His team were not upto it that day either. Referee’s make controversial decisions every week, he is no different.

    No need to rap the job in or for the calls for him to go.

    Poor form by everyone involved, that is all.


    Mar 24, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #2

    I suppose Taylor is right. And I respect a guy that can fight and win a battle with cancer!
    It’s the toffee nosed shits upstairs that need to quit, not mark Halsey

  • JackButler

    Mar 24, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #3

    We can slate the Ref forever and a day, the simple fact is he did not see the incident. The failure lays at the FA doors for failing to take retrospective action.

    The Ref’s, linesmen and forth officials are not going to see everything as the game is so quick these days and the FA should be able to deal with incidents but are sadly run by highly paid business men and have lost touch with the game

  • Graeme

    Mar 24, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #4

    We all make mistakes; non of us are perfect, which is widely accepted in Rugby, Cricket etc to use the best tools available to try and get the main decisions correct. It only takes a minute or so for the call to be reviewed and the Ref, Umpire, whoever, gets the right information to make the correct call – even if that means correcting his previous call.

    FIFA; UEFA; The FA can all benefit from swallowing their prejudices and accepting today’s technology to the betterment of the game in general.

    Get over yourselves; you are no more perfect than the 25 on the pitch. Mistakes happen, but they can be resolved very quickly indeed. It has to be for the betterment of the game in general.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 25, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #5

    I really feel that this was an exceptional circumstance. The FA should of used this rule on this occasion, it’s a no brainer for me. And seeminly everyone in the country.

    When the referee misses the incident and the linesman didn’t see the full contact the FA needs/should of stepped in.

    The FA hid on this occasion. Anyone would feel they do not want to work or succeed at their jobs or better the game.


    Inept. Sitting far to comfortable in their job roles. The game is suffering.

  • BigKirky

    Mar 25, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Spot on Graeme.

    The referees should be backed by the footballing bodies to introduce replays. They’re left hanging out to dry on the front lines with ancient ways of reffing. It’s just not acceptable these days in a multi billion pound industry.

    Even 3 “challenges” during the game could be introduced where the tv replays are on hand to settle an offside which has possibly led to a goal or tackle like the other day, handball etc. Referee can call in his own replay request if he hasnt seen or doesnt feel comfortable with it. Can be cleared up in about 10 of 15 seconds.

    A panel of 3 could be watching the game in the ground and the take a majority decison between them. Could have 1 referee and two ex players or vice versa.

    The decisions in the last couple of weeks alone have been abysmal and not just for us. I actually feel sorry for the refs to a large extent. They are only human like u or I.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 25, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #7


    I don’t think stop starting the game too much would be much fun. The fluidity and excitement would be affected.

    I’d like to see video replays introduced for goal line technology and for purely incidents like Wigan only. The referee’s can handle the rest in my view. A very fine adjustment is needed I feel, nothing major. The balance and fluidity is a massive thing to be messing with in football. Tweek it too far and the referee’s would not be needed at all. The odd wrong decision adds to the thrill and excitment in the game I think, adds to the atmosphere.

    I think It’s the major decisions which needs tweaking with video replays.

  • Sav

    Mar 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #8

    The FA are the rule-making body and they are hiding behind a smoke-screen of ‘concensus’ by saying they wanted to change the rules but the PFA, Premier League and other so-called ‘stakeholders’ didn’t want it.and now their hands are tied until the end of the season. The linesman who ‘saw it but didn’t see it’ shpould certainly be censured, especially if he was the same clown who missed the handball. But other than that, the responsibility and fault lies with the FA.


    Mar 25, 2013 at 5:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Saylor is spot on here !

    The problem lies with the FA and the group of stuffed shirts running it !
    Halsey admitted his mistake and apologised afterwards, any further blame lies squarely with the FA and the ruling bodies running the game?

  • stephen1971

    Mar 25, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #10

    @toon prodigy

    i don,t think the game wold be stopped any more than it is now, when there is a controversial decision the players surround the ref and the games stopped anyway, i also think that only the captain should be to speak to the ref like rugby and when a player trys to give the ref a hard time then he should be carded right away , they don,t do this so its just encouraging it more, if it was like rugby then it would be a much better game

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 25, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #11

    the awful tackle apart, what about the blatant handball?


    Mar 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #12


    Your right Rotonda, everyone was so worked up about the tackle that the fact we lost the game from the Hand-ball did,nt get any attention !

  • thebionicMAG

    Mar 25, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #13

    @ 7 (Toon-Prodigy)

    It doesn’t have to be for every decision just the controversial ones so in that respect the game wouldn’t be as stop start as you fear.
    Clearly they have to do something. Even if it means doing all of the above for a season trial, so the technology and panel could be tested.

  • giimps

    Mar 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #14

    I think they are going to have goal line tech in the very near future, but Spain have a panel who sit and judge violent incidents on the pitch retrospectively and Fifa are ok with this.
    The whole point is not to re-referee the game but to rid the game of those tackles, Fifa if asked would have allowed the FA to act, but they didnt in case their mate Whelan got upset.
    It would be interesting to see how many of the FA disciplinary committee are associates of Whelan or sit on different committees with him.
    The whole thing stinks of corruption and needs investigated, If it was Tiote or dare i say it barton, the FA would have acted, whether or not the linesman had seen the whole incident or not.
    No wonder Fifa hate England and our FA, when they use a totally inappropriate rule to squirm out of the chance to ban a player for a violent and dangerous tackle, the rule they should have used is the exceptional circumstances rule for obvious reasons, and not the off the ball rule.I hope this incident galvanises our team and pushes us to greatness, at the same time, I hope the opposite for Wigan, and they sink through the leagues like a stone.


    Mar 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #15

    I am hoping that in the rest of the Wigan games this season this Mcmannaman kid is going to be watched like a hawk by the Referee,s and the FA itself?

    He and they cocked it up bigtime in our game against them. The lad has done this before and will more than likely make the same mistake again sometime?

  • widowmagandapoke

    Mar 25, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Okay, so the ref missed it, but how on earth does the linesman get away scot free after making two horrendous errors of judgement?

  • Owldman

    Mar 25, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #17

    If the ref told the FA that he would have given a straight red card had he seen it! Then why on earth did they not act & ban the player


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