This was hardly a surprise – but Mark Halsey has been removed from the list of referees for this weekend’s Premier League games, after he failed to see Wigan’s Callum McManaman’s terrible tackle on Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara.
Mark Halsey – sent down to lower leagues
That cost Newcastle 3 points, because Mark said in his report of the game, that if he had seen the tackle he would have shown the Wigan player a red card – but Wigan went on to got a dubious winner in the 90th minutes, which should have been disallowed for a clear hand-ball, but it wasn’t.
And Mark wasn’t the only one culpable in the game, as neither of the two linesman flagged for a foul – so no free kick was even awarded, never mind a red card.
And after the game the FA also refused to do anything about it, since one official had seen the tackle – and presumably since a foul wasn’t even given – he must have thought the tackle was fair.
The FA has been heavily criticized for their non action – and it’s made the whole thing just a little laughable.
Halsey’s view of the incident was blocked by a Newcastle player, but it’s believed assistant referee Matthew Wilkes informed the FA that he saw what he described as a coming together of the players.
What that means we have no idea, but obviously the assistant referee didn’t think the “coming together” was a foul or deserved a red card.
Halsey received death threats over the incident, and is considering retirement, and he will now referee the League One game between Coventry City and Doncaster Rovers on Friday, and he will be at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday for Arsenal’s fixture with Reading as a fourth official.
When referees have a bad game in the Premier League this is standard procedure, and they spend one or two games in the lower leagues, but Mark could be back officiating in the Premier League some time in April.
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