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Everton boss David Moyes questions referee standards

Everton's Sylvain Distin appeals against referee Howard Webb's decision to award West Ham a penalty
Everton were unhappy with several decisions made by Webb on Sunday

Everton boss David Moyes has criticised referee Howard Webb and the standard of officiating in general after his side's 2-2 home draw with West Ham on Sunday.

Webb, who will be England's refereeing representative at the World Cup, turned down a penalty appeal after Louis Saha was felled by a Manuel da Costa tackle.

And Moyes told BBC Radio 5 live: "The referee has not been refereeing as well as he has been in recent seasons.

"But decisions this weekend have been dubious in lots of the big games."

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was furious after a controversial Didier Drogba goal helped Chelsea to a 2-1 win at Old Trafford on Saturday.

606: DEBATE

The striker appeared to be in an offside position before putting the Blues 2-0 up late on in the clash of the top two in the Premier League and Ferguson called the assistant referee's decision "very poor".

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy called referee Andre Marriner's decision to send off his captain Karl Henry at Arsenal a "diabolical joke".

Henry was shown a straight red midway through the second half at the Emirates - Wolves went on to lose 1-0 courtesy of Nicklas Bendtner's stoppage-time winner.

Moyes felt that Webb was correct in awarding West Ham a penalty, when Carlton Cole went down after a tangle of legs with Everton defender Sylvain Distin, but that his overall level of refereeing was below par.

Moyes frustrated after draw with West Ham

"It was a penalty for West Ham and on another day, it was a sending off for Distin as well," said Moyes.

"But it was a stonewall penalty kick for us. The decision not to give us it was a really poor one.

"I had a clear view and we thought right away that Louis got to the ball in front of the boy (Da Costa) and the boy's boot hit him in the midriff.

"The decision was a real crucial point in the game and we didn't get it.

"That's not the reason we didn't win the game. We didn't win because we didn't play well enough."



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see also
Everton 2-2 West Ham
04 Apr 10 |  Premier League
Officials leave Ferguson fuming
03 Apr 10 |  Premier League
Man Utd 1-2 Chelsea
03 Apr 10 |  Premier League
Seething McCarthy fumes at red card
03 Apr 10 |  Wolves
Arsenal 1-0 Wolves
03 Apr 10 |  Premier League


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