Scudamore hits back at Halsey
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has defended top flight match officials from Mark Halsey's criticism.
Former whistle-blower Halsey has questioned the quality of many of those currently controlling Premier League matches in his book 'Added Time'.
Halsey claims too many officials are not up to standard and has accused the Professional Game Match Officials Limited board of making bad selections for certain fixtures.
Scudamore has condemned the comments, accusing Halsey of 'doing the dirty' on those he once worked alongside, and has offered his full support to the Premier League's men in the middle.
"I personally expect better behaviour from those that we appoint to be match officials," he said in The Times of Halsey.
"It is disappointing... the game has given somebody so many years of matches and enjoyment and he chooses to go out and basically do the dirty on his colleagues. It is poor form for someone you have trusted to be an arbiter.
"My understanding through the (elite) group is that they are not happy. Why would they be? These are perfectly competent, good people who are effectively being openly criticised. It is unnecessary.
"I don't accept the criticism. We are at the leading edge of referee development. We are at the leading edge of referee fitness. We are at the leading edge around Europe in terms of what we are doing with our referees.
"Are they perfect? No. Do they make mistakes? Yes. Are those mistakes reducing in frequency? Yes. Would we swap them for another group in Europe? No."