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Linesman wasn’t flagging offside claims Madley

LongDavid Moyes said the referee Bobby Madley claimed his linesman Simon Long was not flagging offside but merely raising his flag to draw attention to the incident.

In his post-match interview, Moyes was asked what Madley said to him. Moyes replied “He [Madley] said that the linesman [Simon Long] only put his flag up to draw attention to it [the incident]. I thought, I have never heard of that ever. Look, I wish I wasn’t talking about referees. I don’t. Because the referees in this country do a good job, it’s a tough game. But it was really costly for us today, in the end. So that’s it”

The 36-year-old assistant referee was born in Colchester but lives in Truro, Cornwall.

Long is one of one of 27 assistant referees in the Premier League select group appointed by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited.

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14 comments on “Linesman wasn’t flagging offside claims Madley

  1. I would like confirmation from both the FA and the referees’ association (if there is one), that assistant ref’s are instructed to “draw the ref’s attention” rather than indicate offences. Two ex-ref’s have already condemned both of Madley’s bizarre decisions. He has had no support whatsoever from anybody whose opinion counts.

    What was an exciting game of football between to competitive teams, ended up all about an incompetent referee.

    • Agree.
      And complete lies what incident he raised for offiside & if no Handball. Even so after they talked for 2mins should have been simple offside handball take your pick.
      Francis King & Wilson (who bragged about it post match) should all get bans…..

      But I doubt they will but Arnie got 1 for elbow & Lanzini for Simulation Wilson deceived Ref.

      And Madley should be suspended pending an investigation & isn’t fit to ref in PL. Not the first issues we’ve had with him but the worst. Some of the most biased referring I’ve seen. We got more cards ffs

  2. If it wasn’t off side what inccent did he flag for?
    You dont flag a player on-side or when he doesn’t hand ball.
    Utter bollox from a official who knows he fked up

  3. Not the first controversy this incompetent unfit referee has been involved In. He should be withdrawn from the PL list but that will not happen. I may be getting neurotic but there does appear to be an establishment vendetta against our club.

    • I agree! this don’t happen to the so called big clubs. when do you see an incident like this with for example Man utd?

  4. West Ham should employ a Lip reading expert. To see what exactly was said between the Ref & his assistant.

  5. Any Poll would show that Madley can’t Hackett.

  6. Maybe they should be mic’d up and monitored at all times cos Im still sure that Madley just wanted to appease the home fans and save himself a load of online abuse. Well that backfired.

    There has to be a totally independant referee review comittee I believe. I said yesterday you see so many times the refs are on major power trips. Why? Because the f.a. says refs dont have to answe questions, shouldnt be argued with, are wrapped in cotton wool and over protected yet dont have to answer questions or be held accountable for making major mistakes that could cost a club like us dearly come the end of the season.

  7. kin nl what about the scene from karate kid 3

  8. And the assault on Obiang.

  9. Nervous days at West Ham with relegation becoming a threat . Any ref mistakes are being highlighted right left and centre . I would much rather see us playing a winning game .
    Our midfield was overrun and our defense was always struggling . Carroll made some lovely touches and headed down chances that others failed to convert . You can’t blame a refs decision for our own mistakes and lack of ideas or talent . Moyes was right not to criticize the ref heavily ; the referring community can get rather rather paranoid . Frustration is bound to appear when players miss penalties and fail to score what seem to be easy chances . It’s our Team that is failing , not the Officials . Just wish it wasn’t Ayew that stepped up for the spot kick against Newcastle,,,, Cresswell would have been a better choice . Noble definitely, but wasn’t available . It showed a lack of players taking responsibility and it fell , unfortunately to Ayew . Nerves were to blame . That loss to Newcastle was very damaging and more so than the draw with Bournemouth . Referees aside it’s down to us at the end of the day . Cry all you want but it’s down to us to decide our fate ,,,, not referries .
    I still feel optimistic for this season despite the run of results . We have not Collapsed when going behind as we used to .
    COYHAMMERS .

    • Seems it started w choosing to not take Arsenal cup game serious. Killed our momentum & didn’t help against Newcastle.
      Funnily before that game Ayew was 11 out of 12 for PENs.
      But he hasn’t been starting & shouldn’t of taken it. Arnje should have on form then Cress or Zab even Adrian as shown he can score PENs.
      The ref was horrible but so were we besides Arnie & some others in 2nd half. Arnie deserved that win & they were luckly to not be down to 9men by halftime.

      But Kouyate & Obiang don’t work in mid. What does Rice have to do to start ffs.
      And maybe we should start CFs.

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