Refereeing standards in the Premier League are in dire need of improvement according to a new study highlighting the number of costly mistakes in the English top-flight.
According to new research conducted by YouAreTheRef.com, 84 fundamental mistakes were made across 333 matches running up to April 22nd.
That equates to an average of one mistake in every four games and displays just why the likes of Ian Wright and, to a lesser degree, Alan Shearer continue to spit feathers when it comes to referees on Match Of The Day.
With match officials under increasing focus from programmes like Sky Sports Monday Night Football, the figures make for damning reading and are only likely to increase calls for video replays to become part of the game.
John Moss came under particular scrutiny after giving away two controversial penalties and a red card during Leicester City’s 2-2 draw with West Ham a few weeks back.
And things look set to get a whole lot worse for Moss before they get better, with the study showing that Moss made more key errors than any other referee in the Premier League.
In total, Moss made 13 key match errors at a rate of one every game and a half.
It is not all bad news for Premier League referees though with Anthony Taylor identified as the best performing referee according to the study.
Taylor made just one error every nine games at a rate 0.11 per game with Michael Oliver and Mike Atkinson also faring well as part of a wider picture of consistency among the Premier League’s refereeing contingent.
“It is clear that standards have slipped across the board.”
Commenting on the study, former general manager of Professional Game Match Officials, Keith Hackett, said: “There is no question that the Premier League has some outstanding referees. The problem is that there are not enough of them.
“I have great respect for the referees shown to be consistently good by our survey. But it is clear that standards have slipped across the board.
“Those referees letting the side down should be helped to improve for the benefit of the group as a whole – and all the stakeholders in the game.”
Moss is next in action in Everton’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth this Saturday, where his performance could come under even more scrutiny.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.