I agree totally with referee John Moss for sending-off Jamie Vardy in the Leicester City v West Ham United match.

Having seen the incident from 20 different camera views, the one from behind the goal shows perfectly that Vardy initiated the contact by diving into the defender.

It was a brilliant refereeing decision.

However, because of what happened with some penalty claims and decisions in the same match, it’s become a debate about the competencies of referees.

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I can’t stand it when pundits criticise officials after seeing an incident 10 different times from all sorts of angles.

It is totally unfair to criticise referees when they get so much right and so little wrong about incidents which they see once and in a split second.

You have 22 professionals basically cheating and diving and trying to gain an advantage over the officials and it’s almost an impossible job for the man in the middle.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (centre) reacts after being booked with second yellow card and sent off during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.

Vardy’s reaction to the red card said “you’ve caught me out”, and it was pathetic from somebody who has such a positive image in the game.

It was very poor from Leicester’s star man.

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Having refereed in junior football and the odd senior game, it really is a thankless task, yet the majority of referees perform brilliantly week in and week out.

Another major topic following the game has been ‘grappling’ in the penalty area, with pundits asking for consistency – again almost impossible to achieve.

If you had six or seven penalties in a match, the same pundits would be saying the referee had ruined it.

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Contact has always been made in the box, but now defenders get their arms around any attacker to stop them getting a run on them.

It was always done with subtlety, but now it’s quite blatant.

You can bet your life this weekend that every manager in the four divisions – including David Wagner at Huddersfield Town – will be telling their players to be careful.

It’s the hottest topic in football, so it’s going to be an issue.

Dale Tempest
Dale Tempest