While the weekend’s Premier League encounter between leaders Leicester and West Ham certainly wasn’t short of excitement, it was for all the wrong reasons.
It’s been a while since a referee’s performance so totally dominated a match, but Jon Moss certainly made up for that at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
Moss’ performance with the whistle in hand, which saw him award two penalties and hand out a red card – has been heavily criticised from all quarters, and it’s not hard to see why.
Jamie Vardy’s sending off was the first big moment of the match, but was it deserved?
Then there was this soft penalty awarded to West Ham:
This incident, however? No foul:
This is not a penalty on huth ? What a joke pic.twitter.com/mvaRG1Pb9u
— Chipmonkz (@chipmonkz) April 17, 2016
Then there was the last-gasp penalty that allowed Leicester to equal the scores. Andy Carroll was the man penalised for making contact with Jeffrey Schlupp, but anyone who watched the game could see there was very little in it.
Here’s Carroll’s take on it:
— Billy Meredith (@UrmstonLordMUFC) April 18, 2016
That could land the Hammers striker in trouble, while Vardy also waits to hear his fate after his angry reaction at the referee immediately following his red card.
Then again, you can hardly blame the players for getting annoyed. While the game was an entertaining one, the entertainment should never be coming as a result of questionable refereeing.
And while being the official in charge is often a thankless job, and mistakes can and do happen, having games at the highest level marred to such a degree can’t be good for football.
Here’s former Newcastle legend and current BBC pundit Alan Shearer on Moss’ performance:
“The game became too much of a pressurised situation for him. He could not handle the pressure and I think that clouded his decisions. The inconsistencies were mind-boggling.”
And former Arsenal striker Ian Wright:
“I would give Moss a mark of three out of 10, and I think I am being quite generous.”
We’ll leave it to former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel to have the final word:
Sorry but this ref most be the worst ever.
— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) April 17, 2016