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PremierLeague-News.Com - Sheffield United were denied a late penalty in their 1-0 defeat at Fulham and Graeme Souness launched a stinging attack on referees in this country as a result
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Graeme Souness questioned the standard of officiating in the Premier League after Sheffield United were denied a stonewall penalty in the dying stages of their 1-0 defeat at Fulham. Jayden Bogle was upended by Alphonse Areola with United looking to find a late leveller at Craven Cottage but neither referee Martin Atkinson nor the VAR deemed the challenge worthy of a penalty. It prompted an angry outburst from Souness, who claimed the referees in this country are not up to scratch and suggested Areola's tackle was an 'assault' on Blades full-back Bogle. "If that challenge, I'm reluctant to call it a tackle, if that challenge happens anywhere else on the football pitch, it 's a sending-off! Not just a penalty, it's a sending-off," he said. "I just don't get referees. "They make it up as they go along, referees, they really do. What planet are they on? "The problem we have with referees is they're just not very good, the last World Cup how many English referees did we have? None. That's how good our referees are. "That is an assault. I'm not saying he has gone deliberately to hurt him but that is a foul all day long, it's a penalty all day long and for me, it's a sending-off. "They really do make it up as they go along. When I played it was 'i's okay, you've got the ball first and then his momentum takes the player out', today it's he got the ball first but the momentum then injured the player so it's a foul. Read More Related Articles Alan Knill's son leads protests as Sheffield United fans rage at Jayden Bogle non-penalty Read More Related Articles Chris Wilder's furious response to Alphonse Areola challenge on Bogle in Sheffield United defeat "That is what you are describing there, that is a penalty seven days a week and I just don't know where they get these referees from. "We saw one in the first game [Liverpool vs Everton] with [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin, for me that's not a penalty on Trent Alexander[-Arnold], he has fallen over before he gets to Trent Alexander[-Arnold]. It's not a penalty and that is definitely a penalty. "100%, all day long. I can't back Chris Wilder up any more, that is a penalty all day long.
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." The failure to award a penalty only served to compound the Blades' misery after Ademola Lookman's second-half strike put United's relegation rivals ahead at Craven Cottage and a 20th defeat of the season leaves Chris Wilder's side with a near-impossible task to preserve their top-flight status.
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But Souness believes the Blades boss will rightfully be frustrated by the failure to come away from the game with nothing to show for it as he doubled down on his criticism of the officials. "Look how high he is, he came out and said it was a 50-50 challenge, but he's endangering the opposition," Souness added. "The quicker we get a different setup for referees and get some ex-players into the game... because we're in great danger of killing the Premier League with these referees and the Premier League has the power to come up with a different way with the referees.
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"Ex-players should be involved in our game, they've had their chance, our referees are so poor. So poor. "There are lots of ex-players who would like to referee. "Ones who have finished with injury, not everyone plays in the Premier League and earns serious money. "Get some ex-pros trained up and you won't have incidents like that where managers are tearing their hair out all the way back from Sheffield."
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