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Mark Halsey has let his profession down - Graham Poll

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Graham Poll has said Mark Halsey needs to take a "long, hard look at himself" in the wake of the former Premier League referee's autobiography release.

Halsey, who retired at the end of last season following a his battle with cancer, criticised the standard of refereeing in this country, stating only eight of the officials in the Premier League's elite list are fit to referee a game.

And Poll - famous for booking Josip Simunic three times in a 2006 World Cup game - has said Halsey's illness cannot excuse him to say what he has:

"We know Mark was ill," Poll told talkSPORT. "Of course everyone felt sorry for him. But that can only go so far.

"That cannot excuse certain things. I wrote a book. In that book, I talked about what I had done wrong. I didn't talk about someone being rubbish.

"I think it is absolutely appalling. Mark has got to take a long, hard look at himself.

"He is 100 percent betraying what paid him a living, which he would never have earned as the warehouse manager he was or the taxi driver he was."

Astonishingly Poll went on to say that this action isn't totally out of character. Continuing to discuss Halsey, Poll said: "He is that type of character I'm afraid.

"I know the guy. I have known him for years. I was refereeing when he had his tooth kicked out - I am quite glad about that now.

"The sensible thing would be to ignore him. It is what people did at the referees' camp for a long time when he used to turn up with his Bolton kit to train rather than the kit we all had on.

"He had a squad number at Bolton and we were told what to wear to train as a group and he ignored that and was on his own.

"Maybe he is getting back at people."

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