“You have to keep that banter between players and officials” claims former referee Mark Halsey

Friday, February 14th, 2020 4:11pm

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Former Premier League official Mark Halsey has called for players and referees to continue to exchange words with each other on the back of the Jon Moss-Dan Gosling incident.

Premier League referee Jon Moss has had to deal with public allegations of ‘sarky comments’ from him aimed at Dan Gosling, who revealed the official allegedly overstepped the mark during Bournemouth’s clash with Sheffield United last weekend, as reported in the Bournemouth Echo.

Moss was accused by Cherries midfielder Dan Gosling of ‘showing zero respect’ and dubbed him a ‘disgrace’ after he claimed the official made ‘sarky comments’ over the Cherries current league standings.

It has caused fierce debate amongst fans, pundits and former officials as to what kind of relationship referees should aim to create with players on and off the pitch.

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Speaking to Ian Stone and Paddy Barclay on Love Sport Radio, former Premier League referee Mark Halsey revealed his thoughts on the controversy.

“What goes on on the field of play, should stay on the field of play. If there was a problem between the two (Moss and Gosling), they’ve got the thirty minute cooling down period after the game, go in the dressing room and talk about it and it stays in the dressing room.

“If we are going to come out and start criticising referees for saying this and that on the field of play, then referees won’t speak to players and we’ve got to have that banter.

“It’s something that needs to happen on the field of play. We want players and referees to engage, we get so many from people who claim the referee doesn’t want to talk, it’s banter."

Halsey also shed some light on his own experiences with players on the pitch: “I used to say a lot of things off the cuff, a lot of it you couldn’t say on air. People used to always have a go at me for their performance, and I would say ‘don’t go blaming me for your performance’, it’s about referees and respect.

“If players like you, they will accept a bit more and just get on with it. If Jon Moss has said these things, I don’t think he would have said them in a way Dan Gosling has portrayed them.”

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