Anorak | Chelsea and Manchester United have lost a true pal in referee Mark Halsey

Chelsea and Manchester United have lost a true pal in referee Mark Halsey

by | 17th, September 2013

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, left, speaks to referee Mark Halsey at the half time break during their English Premier League soccer match against Fulham at the Craven Cottage Stadium, London, Saturday Sept. 23, 2006. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi) ** NO INTERNET/MOBILE USEAGE WITHOUT FAPL LICENCE - SEE IPTC SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FIELD FOR DETAILS** FORMER Premier League referee Mark Halsey  is selling his life story in the Sun and a book , and working as a rules pundit on BT Sport. Given that refs are routinely called biased and some countries have had issues with officials being bribed , Halsey comes across as bit of a berk. If he had a personal relationship with Chelsea manager Joe Mourinho, as he said, did the manager pick players the ref admires or wants to meet? Will jokes that if “Halsey stays fit United can go the season unbeaten” be rooted in something more sinister than rival fans’ bitterness at a perceived injustice? If there is one thing we  at Anorak dislike and distrust more than the official who brings you to book it is the official who wants to be your pal. Matt Dickinson is unimpressed with Halsey, writing

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