Tony Pulis wants new referee system


Stoke City manager Tony Pulis believes there should be a system of promotion and relegation for Premier League referees.

The Potters boss has been unhappy with a number of key decisions that have gone against his team recently, culminating in Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Sunderland when Lee Cattermole appeared to handle the ball on the line.

However, referee Martin Atkinson waved play on, to Pulis' anguish, and Stoke's day went from bad to worse in the closing stages when Ryan Shawcross was sent off for two bookable offences.

Pulis told Sky Sports News:"It can't be right that these decisions consistently go on without being addressed.

"Don't kid yourself that this hasn't happened in the first two years that we were in the Premier League. We've had decisions that have been absolutely abysmal but we've kept our grace and just got on with things.

"We know we aren't going to get certain decisions that other clubs are going to get. I think that has been made blatantly obvious over the past few games, but there comes a point where you have to stand up and say 'this isn't right'.

"The last thing I want to do is be sat here the day before a game talking about referees but I have to say the treatment this football club has had with respect to the decisions has been appalling.

"Over the weekend I've thought about it and I want to be constructive, so I think we should put in place a system where every Premier League club has a vote at the end of the season on referees, and the bottom three referees should be relegated to the Championship and the top three referees from the Championship should be promoted.

"And you can mark referees at the end of a game."

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