Worst Premier League referees ranked by former official ahead of 2020/21 season

Premier League referees have been ranked from best to worst by former official Mark Halsey.

It comes after it emerged that refs would earn bonuses based on how their performance on matchday goes.

A number of controversies happened last season – even with VAR in operation.

Countless offside decisions angered fans while a monumental goalline error at Villa Park saw Sheffield United have a perfectly-legal goal chalked off against Aston Villa.

With the return of football in the Premier League looming, so will the decisions that have divided fans from referees.

And Halsey has told The Sun how he has pooled the referees from best to worst.

In his excellent 'A' pile, he includes Martin Atkinson, Michael Oliver, Graham Scott and Mike Dean.

Despite Oliver being in charge of the shocker at Villa Park, that was largely down to the shoddiness of the goalline technology from Hawk-Eye.

Atkinson has been officiating in the Football League since 1995 and has refereed matches including the 2011 FA Cup final.

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His performance in the Manchester derby in April 2018 that saw former official Keith Hackett, who said: "If you want proof of why no English referee will be represented at this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia, look no further than Martin Atkinson’s performance at the Etihad on Saturday."

Halsey's very good 'B' pile includes Anthony Taylor, Chris Kavanagh and Paul Tierney.

Taylor came under fire for his performance in the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal this year when he sent off Mateo Kovacic, despite him getting the ball.

The okay 'C' pool contains Stuart Attwell, David Coote, Andy Madley and Peter Bankes.

Attwell returned to the Premier League in 2016 after a two-year demotion, while Madley (one season) and Coote (two seasons) are relative newcomers in the top-flight.

In Halsey's 'D' pile, he involves Craig Pawson, Jonathan Moss, Kevin Friend, Lee Mason and Simon Hooper.

He said of Friend: "Over-officious and too aggressive in his body language towards the players and that sets the wrong tone for the game."

Halsey also stated Pawson was "going backwards" and Moss was "inconsistent".

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