Jamie Carragher defends referee Jon Moss following Leicester City v West Ham

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Jamie Carragher gave an impassioned defence of under-fire referee Jon Moss, who was heavily criticised after his performance during the 2-2 draw between Leicester City and West Ham at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, on Monday Night Football.

The former Liverpool defender believes Moss, contrary to popular belief, actually had a “fantastic” game and believes the reaction against the match official has been a “joke”.

Carragher also believes that Vardy deserved his second yellow card for diving.


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"I think the criticism he's taken has been a joke,” Carragher said, per the Mirror. “He's been called weak, and he's been called a poor referee by former referees. He has some big calls in this game and got the majority of them right.

"Do I think [Vardy's first caution] is a yellow card? No. But can I understand why he's given it? Yes, because there's been two or three fouls where he's let things go, and it sends out a message to the players. Maybe it's harsh, but I can totally understand him getting that yellow card.

"The problem with the second yellow isn't the referee, it's Jamie Vardy. He's only got himself to blame. Stop looking at the referee and start looking at the players involved in this game and the problems they gave the referee.

"'As soon as I saw the incident I thought "dive" and my opinion's not changed. This is something Jamie Vardy has done over the last few years. We saw it last season against Manchester United and Swansea.

"I thought the referee was absolutely fantastic on this decision. He reads the game brilliantly well, he can see something is going to happen. The position he is in is fantastic.

"He’s got it 100% right. This is a man who has been called weak today, but it was a brave decision. It’s a second yellow card. Off you go."

Video: Carragher's analysis on Moss's performance

In a convincing manner, Carragher went on to explain why Moss was right to award both penalties towards the end of the match.

After carefully watching the replays of the key incidents it was almost impossible to disagree. Moss, it seems, had actually made several brilliant calls under pressure.

Gary Neville agreed with Carragher

One viewer brave enough to admit he was wrong about Moss’s performance was Gary Neville, Carragher’s former MNF colleague who left Sky Sports to take the manager’s job at Valencia back in December.

Now unemployed following his ill-fated spell at Mestalla, Neville stated he was in complete agreement with his mate via Twitter.

The former Manchester United captain tweeted: “.@Carra23 has just done an excellent piece of analysis that's difficult to do but what MNF is all about. Make you think ’S@@t I'm wrong’”.

Vardy faces extended ban

Vardy now faces an extended ban after being charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following his red card against the Hammers.

If found guilty - Vardy and Leicester have until 18:00 BST on Thursday to respond - the England international is likely to miss the Foxes’ clash against the Red Devils at Old Trafford on May 1, as well as next weekend’s home match against Swansea City.

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