Cardiff City director Neil Warnock said the standard of administering in the Premier League had gone in reverse since former Referee Mike Riley is in charge of the body responsible for match authorities in English soccer.
Warnock was disparaging of the refereeing after Chelsea’s dubious 2-1 prevail upon the end of the week, in which Cesar Azpilicueta scored their equalizer from an offside position.
The outcome walked out on Warnock five points from the wellbeing zone.
Various different choices helped not go in’s out either, which left Warnock raging on the touchline. The 70-year-old said arbitrators would not change their viewpoint to the diversion while Riley was in control.
“A lot of referees are like Mike Riley, and that’s why I think we have gone backwards,” Warnock told reporters on Tuesday. “I always thought Mike Riley was a manufactured referee from day one.
“I don’t think he’s changed since then, he’s been coached, manufactured, almost like a robot. He knows everything about the rules, but I feel these people struggle to understand the game and the human element.”
Warnock was engaged with what resembled a staredown in the center circle with official Craig Pawson and his assistants after the thrashing by Chelsea yet he was not sanctioned by the Football Association (FA) for his activities.
“I cannot imagine why they would even think about a charge. I’m not surprised about that if I am honest,” Warnock added.
“As I always do after a home game, I go and clap the crowd. The officials have usually gone off by then but for whatever reason they did not seem to want to move.
“I didn’t really know what to do. So I started clapping the crowd while they were still there and then went around the back of them as they walked past and went to the main stand.”
Manchester City will come back to the highest point of the standings in the event that they beat Cardiff on Wednesday and Warnock conceded City’s squad profundity was a lot for any of the base half clubs to deal with.
“I think they’ve got two teams in their squad and I doubt if any of our squad could get in either of them,” he said. “I doubt if anybody in the bottom half could get in either of them.
“They’ve just taken the Premier League to another level. You’re pitting your wits against the very best, possibly in the world, let alone Europe.”
The refereeing body, the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, couldn’t be reached for comment