Alan Shearer criticises mind-boggling referee in West Ham versus Leicester City

Alan Shearer

John Moss has come in for criticism from all angles for his display on Sunday.

Alan Shearer has criticised referee John Moss’s performance in West Ham United’s draw with Leicester City, describing his decisions as mind-boggling in comments made during Match of the Day 2 broadcast from 10:30pm on April 17.

The referee endured a highly contentious game at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon as he had to make several big decisions.

The first of those was to send off Jamie Vardy for diving, before later handing a penalty to the Foxes for fouling at a corner.

He was perceived to later even that out as he awarded Claudio Ranieri’s side a weak penalty to allow them to level the scores and secure a point.

The Hammers in particular were aggrieved by his performance, and Shearer has added his voice to those criticising his display.

“I think the inconsistencies were mind boggling from the referee,” he told Match of the Day 2.

“As a consequence the atmosphere ramped up and the ref couldn’t hand the pressure. I think it was too much for him.

“I’m staggered that the referee chose the 34th game of the season to make a point [about holding]. It’s gone on all season and will continue to go on until all referees make the point.”

The Hammers must now reflect on the latest bad refereeing decision to go against them this season.

It is not the first time an official’s call has gone against them with recent weeks in particular having seen several mistakes effect their results.

Indeed, it has seriously hampered their Champions Leagues hopes as they now sit seven points from fourth having once been within touching distance.

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