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Published: 12:03 | 4/9/16

Halsey backs up ref 'lying' claims

Referee Mark Halsey has revealed the incident which he claims he was told to lie about by the refereeing bosses.

The 55-year-old claimed on Saturday that he had been influenced to alter post-match reports, a claim denied by the referee body, the PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited).

However, Halsey has now confirmed an incident he claims he was told to claim he hadn't seen so retrospective action could be taken.

“I saw the incident between Steven Nzonzi and Ryan Shawcross and was happy it was not a red card," he told the Sun on Sunday.

“Then, when the assessor came in, he said there was no problem and that I’d refereed very well.

“On the Monday we had our get-together with referees at Warwick University and I was told, ‘Look at this’ and I was still happy with the decision.

“I was told to expect a call from the FA compliance department, which I duly got.

“When I got the call I said I was still happy — but they said my bosses weren’t happy. I was under pressure to say I hadn’t seen it.

“I was furious but no matter what industry you are in, you do what your bosses say.

“So he was charged and got three matches.

“I know it goes on because other referees have told me.

“Nothing can happen because nobody can say anything publicly as a referee.

“But I suspect it does go on. There are outside influences on different situations.”

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