MISTAKE ref Lee Mason has avoided the axe for next weekend’s Prem games – since he was currently eliminated with an injury.
But former refs’ primary Keith Hackett said it is time the final whistle was blown on the 49-year-old from Bolton.
Mason hobbled away from the Hawthorns with a calf injury after his mess-up saw Lewis Dunk’s fast free-kick annulled, then awarded as an objective, and finally ruled out by the VAR.
It was the current in a string of gaffes by Mason, who was still due to be on fourth main responsibility at Sheffield United’s video game with Aston Rental property tomorrow.
However Mason informed PGMOL that he was not fit to take up his tasks and will also miss this weekend through the issue.
In spite of that, Hackett firmly insisted Mason has actually outlived his effectiveness.
He told talkSPORT: “He is on a dreadful run and on Saturday just didn’t follow the procedures.
” I really do believe Lee Mason should hang up his whistle.
” It’s not simply Saturday. He was also the VAR on the Mike Dean mess when Thomas Soucek of West Ham was mistakenly sent off and has made a number of utter howlers.
” This would not happen with a kid on a local park. We’re talking among our most experienced referees, who is coming towards retirement however it was such a fundamental error and you can’t get away from that.”
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West Brom employer Sam Allardyce, though, jumped to Mason’s defence.
Allardyce felt Mason had incorrectly granted BOTH Brighton’s missed out on spot-kicks versus his side but said: “To state he needs to be retired is an outrageous idea.
” Referees are under pressure and perhaps he should be gotten of the firing line for a bit but to retire him would be excessive.”