Former Premier League referee chief Keith Hackett has criticised Jon Moss and his official Eddie Smart for their roles in Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham.
The visitors were awarded two contentious penalties by Moss, both of which came after lengthy discussions with the linesman.
Spurs missed the first but scored the second with the final kick of the game.
“Moss was left in the mire by his assistant, who should have put up his flag for offside. The whole procedure looked untidy but Moss was fortunate that Kane’s spot-kick was saved,” Hackett told the Telegraph.
“That did not conceal the fact that there was generally poor teamwork between Moss and his two assistants, both of whom were frankly poor and below the standard expected at Premier League level.”
We couldn’t agree more. A transcript of Moss’s discussion with Smart for the first penalty doesn’t look at all good, either.
This is the transcript of what was said before the first penalty…
So Moss awards a penalty completely blind, then awards another one despite seeing the incident perfectly. This looks really bad 😡 pic.twitter.com/vud37d3np6
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) February 5, 2018
In the conversation above, Moss even asks to use TV replays, in a match were VAR wasn’t allowed to be used.
We just hope not to see him at Anfield anytime soon…
For Liverpool, we’ve a week to prepare for the Southampton clash. It’ll be a fiery occasion, with Dejan Lovren likely to partner Virgil van Dijk at St. Mary’s.
The booing will be relentless – but they showed enough yesterday to suggest they’ll cope!