Roberto De Gerbi red-carded after Brighton defeat by Fulham, says standard of refereeing in Premier League ‘very bad’ | Football News

Roberto De Gerbi was sent off in the tunnel after Brighton’s defeat by Fulham, criticizing the standard of refereeing in the Premier League as “very poor”.

The Seagulls had a frustrating afternoon against Fulham, seeing plenty of chances fall their way but failing to capitalize.

Brighton had a goal from Solly March and Deniz Udav was ruled out for offside – although they were correct decisions – with penalty appeals for Joel Veltman and Kauro Mitoma also not being reviewed.

It follows a meeting with PGMOL chief Howard Webb earlier this week after Pervis Estupinan’s goal was wrongly ruled out for offside against Crystal Palace last weekend. In one of several high-profile errors, VAR had put the lines in the wrong place and as a result, the goal was disallowed.

De Gerby confirmed after the game that he had been red-carded by referee Darren England in the tunnel and said he would no longer be giving up his time for meetings with PGMOL.

He said Sky Sports: “I told the referee this week, we had a meeting with his boss and I lost time in my work, in my work because I think the level of refereeing in the Premier League is very bad.

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“To move forward, we have to have a different attitude and the referee today was not in a good mood. But it’s not a problem. I didn’t say bad words, but I told him my opinion.

“I lost time to prepare my team. It was the last time I would have a meeting [with the PGMOL].”

He later added: “I’ve wasted time once, it’ll never happen again. I’m not in England, just let me fool around with the meeting.”

When pressed on whether he thought any of the penalty calls should have been given, De Gerby said: “I didn’t see. I wouldn’t want to talk about it. When I talk about the referee, I’m talking in terms of behaviour. It wasn’t very clear in his attitude. I don’t want to explain more, but I want to explain my red card.”

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PGMOL have apologized to Brighton after admitting VAR was wrong to disallow Pervis Estupinan’s goal against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Brighton boss also appeared to accuse one of Fulham’s staff of using foul language towards the referee in the tunnel. It was not immediately clear if that was indeed the case or if anyone from the club was also red-carded.

“I didn’t say bad things to him, I heard the opponent say bad things to him, but I wasn’t using bad language,” he said in his post-match press conference.

“An opponent said a bad word, I will not repeat that word. The referee [was] no personality to keep control of the game.”

De Gerby is now expected to be ruled out for Brighton’s next FA Cup game against Stoke on Tuesday 28 February.

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