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Former EPL referee stirs controversy with bias claims

Mark Halsey claims he was told by referee chiefs to say he hadn’t seen a clash between Steven Nzonzi and Ryan Shawcross during a Premier League game in 2011 despite telling them he had.

The former referee has sparked controversy with a series of posts on social media in the last 48 hours while addressing the appeal by Manchester City against the charge of violent conduct for striker Sergio Aguero from the Football Association.

He tweeted that he had been told to say he had not seen an incident during his time as a referee.

Nzonzi was retrospectively banned for three games while playing for Blackburn against Stoke five years ago. Halsey, who refereed the game, says he saw the incident at the time but was pressurised into saying he hadn’t.

Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) denies Halsey’s claims.

The FA refused to comment but it is understood they are satisfied with PGMOL’s response and are not planning to launch an investigation at the moment.

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