Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo accuses Lee Mason of lacking the ‘quality’ to referee in the Premier League during incredible rant December 22, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Nuno Espirito Santo launched a scathing attack on Lee Mason after his side’s 2-1 defeat at Burnley on Monday night, telling the official that he hopes he never referees Wolves again.
Fabio Silva’s first Premier League goal – an 89th-minute penalty – was too little too late for Santo’s men who lacked cutting edge in the continued absence of Raul Jimenez as Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood scored for the hosts.
Wolves were arguably lucky to finish the game with 11 men after a stoppage-time VAR check when Joao Moutinho appeared to kick out at Josh Brownhill but, though that decision went in their favour, Nuno questioned Mason’s fitness to referee in the top flight.
“The referee does not have the quality to whistle a game in the Premier League,” he said on Sky Sports. “This is a problem that we knew – we had Lee Mason before.
“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.”