Nuno Espirito Santo faces touchline ban as FA charge Wolves boss for claiming Lee Mason not good enough to be a Premier League referee

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Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association over his scathing remarks made about referee Lee Mason.

The Portuguese boss said Mason lacked the ‘quality’ to referee in the Premier League after his side’s 2-1 defeat at Burnley earlier this month.

Santo is not a big fan of Mason – to say the least!

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Santo is not a big fan of Mason – to say the least!

“The referee does not have the quality to whistle a game in the Premier League,” Santo said.

“It is not about the crucial mistakes or decisions, it is about the way he handles the game. The players get nervous, too much voices, he whistles by the voices when some players are shouting.

“We are talking about the best competition and clearly he doesn’t have the quality to whistle the game. I’m very disappointed to say this but I would not feel right if I didn’t say it.

“I just don’t want to see him more – that’s what I told him. I hope he doesn’t whistle a game of ours again because all the games we have with Lee Mason are always the same.

“He cannot control the players, the players are constantly arguing – both teams. With all the other referees the game flows, there’s dialogue. He’s just not ready to do it.”

Nuno could now be hit with a touchline ban after being charged, while he is also facing hefty fine.

He has until January 5 to respond to the charge.

The FA said in a statement: “Nuno Espirito Santo has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to their Premier League match against Burnley FC on Monday December 21, 2020.

“It is alleged that comments made by the head coach during a post-match interview constitute improper conduct as they were personally offensive to the match official and/or bring the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3.1.”

 





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