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Premier League make decision on referee Simon Hooper after costly Man City blunder.

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The Premier League is not reprimanding referee Simon Hooper for a controversial decision made late in Sunday’s draw between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Late in the game, after appearing to gain the upper hand after a Spurs player committed an infraction, Hooper blew his whistle and pulled play back. The game concluded in a draw after City were deprived of an enticing attacking opportunity when Jack Grealish broke clear due to his decision to blow up.On Match of the Day 2 on Sunday, analysts lauded the referee’s overall performance despite casting doubt on that potentially decisive late call. Furthermore, Sky Sports has reported that Hooper will not be demoted for the forthcoming round of fixtures.”The evidence is there for all to see; he should have allowed play to continue,” former Manchester City defender and Sky Sports analyst Micah Richards said following Sunday’s match. The error committed by the referee is evident on the fourth official’s countenance. “In what way could you provide an explanation?”

 

Hooper had been previously designated as the central defender for the midweek matchup between Sheffield United and Liverpool. Human error has been attributed to his decision in the City match; therefore, he will continue to serve as a substitute at Bramall Lane.Other controversies have revolved around the referee throughout the course of this season. He recanted his decision to award Wolves a late penalty in their opening weekend loss to Manchester United, and he was also the center of attention during Spurs’ victory over Liverpool, where the VAR controversy surrounding Luis Diaz’s disallowed goal dominated.Manchester City overcame an early deficit caused by Son Heung-min’s goal to take a 2-1 and 3-2 lead over Ange Postecoglou’s squad. However, following Dejan Kulusevski’s late equalizer for Spurs, they failed to score a fourth and the spoils were shared.

 

Pep Guardiola was questioned by Sky Sports following Sunday’s late controversy while in charge of City. Nevertheless, he declined to engage in a discussion regarding the incident.

 

“I will not comment on Mikel Arteta,” stated Guardiola. “The referee shall now blow the whistle subsequent to the pass, subsequent to indicating “play on.” So, I am uncertain.

 

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