Man City boss Pellegrini defends Premier League referees

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has defended the standard of officiating in the Premier League after a number of recent criticisms from fellow managers and former referees, writes BBC Sport.

The Football Association recently charged Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for claiming that there has been a campaign to lead referees to give decisions against his side, while Swansea City counterpart Garry Monk has regularly complained about poor officiating in matches involving the Welsh club.

Former referees’ chief Keith Hackett has also been critical, saying that the performances of some officials over the festive period ‘bordered on appalling’, and named five referees that he felt should no longer be members of the Select Group to take charge of Premier League fixtures.

But Pellegrini insists that refereeing in England is generally of a high standard. “No-one can win or lose the title on one refereeing decision,” he said.

“Maybe they can lose one game but in another they can give you a penalty or a foul that is not a foul. They can all make mistakes but it is very difficult to decide what happened in one second. By repeating on TV in five or six angles, it is more easy to demonstrate what has happened. I think referees in England are good. I don’t have any complaints.”

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