May 15, 2024

The Italian, whose team was reduced to 10 players during Sunday’s draw with Sheffield United, stated he does not like the officials in this nation.


Following the Seagulls’ 1-1 draw with Sheffield United on Sunday, Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi took aim at the quality of officiating in England.

De Zerbi’s side took the lead at the Amex after just six minutes through Simon Adingra and looked to be on course for a comfortable win, but the Blades stayed in the game and were given a boost when midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud was sent off for the home team in the second half.

Five minutes later, an Adam Webster own goal brought the visitors back into the game and they ended up claimig a hard-earned point on the south coast which lifts them off the bottom of the Premier League.

Speaking after the game, De Zerbi said: “I am honest and clear, I don’t like 80 per cent of English referees. I don’t like their behaviour on the pitch.”

The Italian has had his fair share of run-ins with officials during his time at Brighton and when asked specifically what he was unhappy about on Saturday, he said: “England is the only country where, when there is VAR, you are not sure the decision is right.

“In other nations, you have to guarantee that the referee is entirely correct. No, I can’t understand [that] in England.”

Brighton lost the opportunity to pass Newcastle and Manchester United in Saturday’s draw, while Sheffield United moved up to 19th in the standings.

With 19 points, one less than the Magpies and two behind the Red Devils, the Seagulls are in eighth place.

Brighton’s next Premier League game is away to Nottingham Forest following the upcoming international break.

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