Roberto De Zerbi makes astonishing claim about ’80 per cent of English referees’ and criticises VAR
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Roberto De Zerbi makes astonishing claim about ’80 per cent of English referees’ and criticises VAR

Nov 14, 2023

A furious Roberto De Zerbi declared after Brighton’s draw to Sheffield United: “I don’t like 80 per cent of English referees.”

The Italian also criticised the implementation of VAR in the Premier League after his side laboured to a 1-1 draw at home to the second from bottom side in the division.

De Zerbi received a yellow during the match and had plenty to say to the officials and about them afterwards

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De Zerbi received a yellow during the match and had plenty to say to the officials and about them afterwardsCredit: Getty

Brighton finished the game with 10 men having seen Mahmoud Dahoud shown a straight red card after 69 minutes by referee John Brookes for a challenge on Ben Osborn.

Simon Adingra had put the Seagulls ahead on six minutes, however, an own goal by Adam Webster on 74 minutes saw the spoils get shared.

De Zerbi was shown a yellow card shortly after Sheffield United’s equaliser.

He was also shown four yellow cards and one red last season, which resulted in two touchline bans.

And it seems there’s still some bad blood between De Zerbi and the Premier League officials as he criticised the conduct of the vast majority of them.

“I am honest and clear, I don’t like 80 per cent of English referees,” De Zerbi said. “It’s not a new thing, I don’t like them.”

When asked why, he replied: “The behaviour, I don’t like their behaviour on the pitch.”

De Zerbi accepted the red card four Dahoud but has a gripe with the way with the dependability of VAR in the Premier League.

Brighton finished the game with ten men when Dahoud was given his marching orders by referee Brookes

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Brighton finished the game with ten men when Dahoud was given his marching orders by referee BrookesCredit: Getty
And the Blades hit back to claim a point, just their fifth of the season

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And the Blades hit back to claim a point, just their fifth of the seasonCredit: Getty

“If I see the new rules it’s a red card, clear, he added. “But I was a player and the dynamic of the situation wasn’t a red card, but we have to accept (it). Dahoud knows the mistake.”

He continued: “England is the only country where, when there is VAR, you are not sure the decision is right.

“In other countries you have to be sure the referee is 100 per cent right. In England no, I’m not able to understand (that).”


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