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Vincent Kompany rages at Premier League refereeing standards

Vincent Kompany rages at Premier League refereeing standards

Vincent Kompany has hit out at the standard of refereeing in the Premier League.

The Burnley boss was shown a red card during his team's 2-2 draw with Chelsea at the weekend for protesting about the penalty decision that saw Lorenz Assignon sent off and he has bemoaned the number of important decisions that have gone against his team this season.

Kompany said: "I’ll keep saying what I think. I’m not shying away from it and I’ve said it to the referees themselves, the officials, refereeing hasn’t been good enough this season.

"And I have said that in, I think, a constructive way, understanding as well the fact it’s not easy for them. The scrutiny is massive, the pressure is bigger than it’s ever been on the officials.

"I think the addition of VAR and more opinions and more officials doesn’t make it easy for them to do their jobs."

The former Manchester City captain had always been a fan of refereeing in English football but thinks that the standards of not been at the level required this season - and not just because his team are in the relegation places.

He said: "I felt common sense was always trying to be applied. You make a mistake and we all have a laugh about it and usually the traditional view is that it all evens itself out over the course of a season.

"This year, I haven’t felt like this. Where we are in the league doesn’t really matter for me, it’s not in that conversation.

"I haven’t got any issues with being fined. I just want it to be right. It’s not something I say in a vindictive way, you can see I’m not even as angry anymore. We’ve just got to get it right and at this moment in time, it’s fallen short."

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