Former ref predicts Bilic’s fate


micFormer Premier League ref Mark Halsey reckons Slaven Bilic will get off ‘lightly’ for his first sending off as West Ham boss.

Halsey, in assessing controversial incidents during Saturday’s match at the London Stadium, reckons the Irons had a case that the West Brom goal should have been ruled out for a foul on Sofiane Feghouli.

But he claims that three other incidents which included another Feghouli ‘goal’, a Robert Snodgrass penalty shout and Bilic’s eventual ending off for throwing a mic down in disgust were all  correct .

And he said: “It is likely, given that this was his first offence, he’ll be fined £8,000 and get a one-match touchline ban.

Bilic had to be removed from the technical area. No question. And deep down, I suspect the West Ham manager would have been disappointed with his behaviour.

Premier League managers have to set an example to all the kids watching around the world.

These managerial outbursts are becoming too common this season.

I am not condoning what goes on, but they are so frustrated that each week there are about five or six errors from refs. They are frustrated by the standard of refereeing.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • John says:

    His fate? I will tell you his fate. They should build a statue of him outside the ground with the mic in his hand. That’s West Ham passion that is. Love the man.

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      That would be a good substitute for the Champions trophy John, I can’t agree with Halsey on the penalty or the foul on Feghouli and that is nothing compared to Foster pulling Antonio back for which he should have been sent off and we should have been awarded a penalty.

  • John says:

    Totally agree with you 32. I still don’t accept that Ants touched the ball for a throw-in!

    Let’s start a Go Fund Me for a statue entitled Slav and the Mic. Lmao.

    Ok I’ve now exceeded my maximum agreed 6 posts per day and will punish myself by reading the Monday article on the Wetlands along with putting hot pins in my eyes.

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