Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi expressed his frustration with the majority of Premier League referees, openly stating his disapproval of “80 percent” of them.
De Zerbi’s comments are part of a growing chorus of criticism directed at officials, including prominent managers like Mikel Arteta.
He stated on Sky Sports:
“I don’t like their behaviour on the pitch. How would I like to see them change? I only think about my players, it isn’t my job. I accept everything. Now I am working in England and speak only about English referees. England is the only country when there is VAR, you are not sure that the decision is right.”
In their most recent game, Brighton drew 1-1 against Sheffield United, extending their winless streak to six league matches, dating back to September 24. Brighton had a 1-0 lead before Mahmoud Dahoud was shown a red card for a reckless challenge on Ben Osborn in the second half, leading to the Blades’ equaliser with an Adam Webster own goal just five minutes later.
While De Zerbi had no issues with Dahoud’s red card, he raised concerns about the inconsistency of VAR in England.
Sheffield United came close to taking all three points when Jayden Bogle narrowly missed the target late on down at the AMEX. The Blades have now picked up four points from their last two matches, picking up form as they head into two crucial showdowns at the bottom of the table hosting Bournemouth before travelling to Burnley.