Referee's association deny claims they instructed officials to lie about incidents in games

Mark Halsey published his claims on Twitter

Referee's association deny claims they instructed officials to lie about incidents in games

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A referee's association has rubbished claims that a former match official was told to lie about an incident which took place during a game.

Former referee Mark Halsey took to Twitter yesterday to state that he had been told to overlook an incident from a game he had officiated in. His comments came in the wake of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero receiving a retrospective three-match ban for his challenge on West Ham's Winston Reid. 

Halsey has previously highlighted issues of this nature in his autobiography, but pointed out that he believes the fault lies with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) rather than the FA.

However, his claims have been since denied by PGMOL. In an official statement, they wrote:

"There is no pressure to include or omit anything. Match officials submit their reports, including critical incidents, directly to the FA. Match officials ensure that their reports are a full and accurate description of the incident."