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Stoke manager Tony Pulis calls for referee relegations


Referee relegation worth a look - Redknapp

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has advocated the introduction of a relegation system for referees to stop poor decisions.

Pulis was angry Stoke were denied a penalty on Saturday when Sunderland's Lee Cattermole appeared to handle Kenwyne Jones' header on the goal-line.

And he told BBC Radio 5 live: "Every club should have one vote [annually] and mark referees after every game.

"Then they have a chance of being relegated to the Championship. It would be a great system."

Pulis said that after the game at the Stadium of Light, which Stoke lost 2-0, his players were totally despondent after they felt they were on the wrong end of another example of bad refereeing.

During Stoke's previous Premier League game against Everton, which the Potters lost 1-0, Tuncay had a goal disallowed for a push on Leighton Baines with the score at 0-0 - a decision Pulis, at the time, called "very, very poor".


Pulis added: "People say you can't help certain officials being a little biased towards bigger clubs. They don't go out with it in their minds but they tend to do it."

As well as seeing the worst-performing referees from the Premier League going down, Pulis would like to see the top-performing Championship officials promoted.

He said: "If the top three [referees] in the Championship got the opportunity to work at the top level, I think it would certainly clear a few referees' minds."

The Professional Game Match Officials board, which looks after the referees, pointed out that clubs and managers get the opportunity to assess officials after every game.

They also said there is no such thing as a Premier League list of referees, with officials for all matches being drawn from the select group list that is sent out every Monday.

However former referee Graham Poll said he understood why some clubs felt that there was an element of favouritism towards the big clubs.

"Now I'm out of the game I can see how they feel that there is bias against their team and in favour of the bigger teams," said Poll.

"It should be a question of getting all these people together and working on it and make sure that isn't happening."

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp told BBC Radio 5 live that he thought Pulis's idea was "worth looking at".

Pulis played and coached under Redknapp at Bournemouth, and succeeded him as manager at Dean Court in 1992.

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