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Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo publicly accused referee Lee Mason of not being good enough for the Premier League after a 2-1 loss to Burnley on Monday night left his team in place. 11 in the table.
Goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood gave Burnley an insurmountable lead, and Fabio Silva’s penalty in the 89th minute was not enough to snatch a point from Nuno’s side.
The Wolves were perhaps a little lucky to finish the game with 11 men after what looked like a Joao Moutinho kick on Josh Brownhill that went unpunished, but Nuno was still furious at Mason’s performance during the game.
“It’s his job. He has to improve, he has to improve,” he said. BBC Sport After the match. “Soccer is a physical game, a contact game and the referees make the decisions and they are fair. But the referee is not good enough to whistle; Lee Mason is not good enough.
“It’s not about the big and crucial decisions. It’s the way he handles the players, both teams lose focus, they are always discussing the decision.”
“He must improve because the game requires good refereeing and good game management so that the players can continue playing.”
It didn’t end there either. Nuno then went to an interview with Sky sports, where he rekindled the flame and continued to point at Mason what he perceived as a complete lack of skill.
“I honestly do not like to say it, but I must say it because I will not feel good: the referee does not have the quality to whistle a match in the Premier League,” he added.
“This is a problem we knew about. We had Lee Mason before. It’s not about the crucial mistakes or the decisions, it’s about the way he runs the game.
“Players get nervous. Too many voices. Whistle from voices when some players yell. [it]. We are talking about the best competition and it is clear that it does not have the quality to whistle the game.
“I’m very disappointed to say this, really disappointed to say it, but I wouldn’t feel good if I didn’t say it. It happened before.
“I just don’t want to see him anymore. That’s what I told him. I hope he doesn’t whistle a game of ours again because all the games we have with Lee Mason are the same. He doesn’t control the players. The players are constantly arguing, both teams. With all the other referees, the game flows, decisions are accepted, there is dialogue. He doesn’t. “
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