Friend should be axed after Noble’s ridiculous red card

I don’t want to be negative aft er West Ham’s fantastic win over Liverpool at Anfi eld but I feel compelled to write in about the performance of the referee.

I don’t want to be negative aft er West Ham’s fantastic win over Liverpool at Anfi eld but I feel compelled to write in about the performance of the referee. Quite simply Kevin Friend should not be in charge of another Premier League game for at least a month aft er his bizarre decision to send off Mark Noble.

I know it was overturned on appeal but that really isn’t the point. On another day that could have been a turning point in the game and had Liverpool pulled one back aft er our captain was sent off it could have made a huge diff erence to the outcome.

Th e Premier League is hugely important and the fi nancial consequences of relegation this year will be massive as the new TV deal comes in next season. Referees are human and make mistakes but there should be consequences for them when they make such major errors.

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