Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has refused to apologise for his criticism of Lee Mason, after claiming the referee doesn’t have the “quality” to be a Premier League official.
Nuno expressed his frustration with Mason’s efficiency following Wolves’ 2-1 defeat at Burnley on Monday.
The Football Association has sought observations from the Portuguese, who has confirmed he’ll submit his response on December 29.
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“I think I should apologise for the timing of my comments, probably they were not at the best moment to come across because sometimes bad interpretations can come of it,” mentioned Nuno, talking forward of Sunday’s match in opposition to Tottenham, dwell on Sky Sports.
“For that, I will apologise for my timing. But I will not apologise for my words and my thoughts.”
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Nuno insists he has by no means questioned the integrity of referees throughout his managerial profession.
“I never did it, will probably never do it in my life, but what I said is about the ability of the referee,” he added.
“What I felt and what I noticed within the match and former matches.
Nuno criticised Mason’s efficiency following Wolves’ 2-1 loss to Burnley on Monday
“We expect high levels of performance, high standards. As managers, as players, we always want to improve.
“And what we anticipate from the referees, is for them to be assured to preserve their authority on the pitch. To management and deal with the gamers, and deal with the sport.
“We want referees to improve. We want to be in the best competition with the best players, the best managers and the best referees.”
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Asked whether or not he would stand by his remark that Mason was not adequate to officiate within the high flight, Nuno added: “The Premier League has the best system in referees, and when we go to a match we expect a referee not to be a protagonist of the situation.
“We need the referee to let the sport circulate and particularly to management the gamers.
“We have to make players understand it is a tough job, but at the same time they have to be co-operative and help the referees, as long as the referees have the dialogue like they always do.”
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