Pulis calls for referee relegation system

However, it is understood such an idea will never come to fruition

because the top 16 referees already officiate at all levels and not

just the top flight. Potters chief Pulis has spoken out after

claiming “six or seven” games have been directly affected by

decisions against his team already this season. Jonathan Walters

had a goal disallowed in the home defeat by Tottenham early in the

season before Bolton beat them 2-1 as a Zat Knight handball was not

punished. Pulis also claims Gary Neville should have been sent off

in a game which Manchester United won 2-1 before Tuncay Sanli had a

goal disallowed as they lost 1-0 to Everton on October 30. Against

Sunderland on Saturday, Lee Cattermole handled the ball on the line

but no penalty was given as the Black Cats won 2-0. Pulis told Sky

Sports News: “The thing that we found this weekend is for the first

time, people outside Stoke-on-Trent have actually said what is

going on there is wrong. “And that’s the first time it’s happened.

“Don’t kid yourself that this hasn’t been happening in the first

two years we were in the Premier League. We’ve had decisions go

against us that have been absolutely abysmal, and I mean abysmal.

But we’ve kept our grace and just got on with things. “We know

we’re not going to get certain decisions that other clubs are going

to get. I think that has been made blatantly obvious over the past

few games. But there has to come a time when you have to stand up

and say ‘this is not right’. And it’s been pretty appalling.” He

added: “Over the weekend I’ve thought about it, I wanted to come

here and be constructive. “I think being constructive I’d say we

should put in place a system where every Premier League club has a

vote at the end of the season on referees, and the bottom three

referees should be relegated to the Championship and the top three

in the Championship should be promoted.” However, the 16-strong

‘select group’ of officials already officiate games at Football

League level and the FA Cup, Carling Cup and Johnstone’s Paint

Trophy as well as the Premier League, while an appraisal system is

already in place.