Jon Moss is the worst performing referee in the Premier League this season, according to a new independent study.
Statistics published by you-are-the-ref.com, based on research conducted by former World Cup assistant referee Glenn Turner reveal that Moss has made more key match mistakes than any other referee in the English top flight.
Turner defined these “key match incidents” as anything in which:
- A goal was either incorrectly allowed or disallowed.
- A penalty was incorrectly awarded or not given when it should have been.
- A player was either sent off incorrectly or not sent off when he should have been.
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Any mistake that qualified under this criteria was also further verified by the Ref Show panel.
Based on data covering 333 matches this season up until April 22nd, the research reveals that Moss has already made 13 key match errors at an average rate of one mistake in every one-and-a-half games in which he officiated.
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Moss recently made headlines after he was criticised for awarding two dubious penalties and sending Jamie Vardy off for simulation in Leicester’s 2-2 draw with West Ham.
Meanwhile, Moss’ performance comes as part of a wider decline in refereeing standards, with the study showing that 84 key match mistakes were made across the season in the top-flight.
It was not all bad news for Premier League referees though with Anthony Taylor emerging as the best performing match official in the English top-flight.
Taylor boasted the best average of any referee in the top flight, making key match mistakes at a rate of just 0.11 per game.
Michael Oliver, Mike Dean, Kevin Friend and Mark Clattenburg also fared well in the study that seemingly highlighted that, while some referees are impressing, they are papering over the cracks created by others.
Letting the side down
Former general manager of Professional Game Match Officials, Keith Hackett said:
“There is no question that the Premier League has some outstanding referees. The problem is that there are not enough of them.
“Those referees letting the side down should be helped to improve for the benefit of the group as a whole – and all the stakeholders in the game.”
Moss will be in action this weekend, serving as the fourth official for Everton’s Goodison Park clash with Bournemouth.