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Attention Seeking Ex-Refs In Bitter Feud

Ex-referees Mark Halsey and Graham Poll clearly miss the spotlight they enjoyed for 90 minutes every weekend during their careers as Premier League whistle men.

It was Halsey’s misguided notion that anybody would be interested in reading his autobiography, which he then proceeded to fill with anecdotes about his chummy relationship with Alex Ferguson.

Not to be outdone, Poll then admitted that he may have been “subconsciously influenced” by Fergie’s infamous ranting, to the benefit of Manchester United.

And now the pair of attention seeking ex-refs have taken aim at one another.

Not content with being a has-been whistle man, Halsey has turned whistle-blower, alleging that a number of current top-flight referees are not up to scratch.

According to the Guardian, Halsey- who retired at the end of last season- has “questioned the ability of certain Premier League officials and Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL), the organisation in charge of referees, for "creating an atmosphere of fear and paranoia" within officiating.”

He says that some EPL refs are simply not good enough, and that the statistics are there to prove they should be paid less for the poor jobs they are doing.

Poll, who is no longer actively involved in football, is unimpressed by Halsey, suggesting he has stabbed the virtual ‘brotherhood’ (some women officiate matches too) of referees in the back.

"He is 100% betraying what paid him a living he would never have earned as the warehouse manager he was or the taxi driver he was," Poll sneered of Halsey to Talksport.

"The refereeing fraternity are absolutely appalled at what he is doing. He hasn't thought it through. Mark has got to take a long, hard look at himself. He won't. I know the guy. I have known him for years. He is that type of character."   

Of course, Halsey hit back, claiming that Poll should be ashamed of some of things he’s said and done in football in the past.

"I've not let the profession down. If anybody is letting the profession down, some of his comments over the years have been atrocious," said Halsey.

"I found that 'unfitting' from him what he's come out with. But that's Graham. We don't get on and I don't like the way he's done things over the years.”

The less you see or hear of a referee, the better, as the saying goes in football.

Read: Ex-Ref Admits To Texting Fergie

Read: Another Ex-Ref On Fegie’s Major Influence


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