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.
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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