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Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo launches scathing attack on referee after Burnley defeat


“Clearly he doesn’t have the quality to whistle the game.”

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo launched a stinging attack on referee Lee Mason after his side’s defeat by Burnley on Monday evening.

The Clarets lifted themselves out of the relegation zone thanks to goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, with Fabio Silva’s late penalty not enough to spark a late Wolves fightback.

It was Wolves’ third defeat in four games and Santo, who rarely speaks openly about referees, used his post-match interview to air his frustrations over Mason’s officiating.

“The referee does not have the quality to whistle a game in the Premier League,” Santo told Sky Sports.

“This is a problem that we knew – we had Lee Mason before.

“It is not about the crucial mistakes or decisions, it is about the way he handles the game.

“The players get nervous, too much voices, he whistles by the voices when some players are shouting.

“We are talking about the best competition and clearly he doesn’t have the quality to whistle the game.

‘He cannot control the players’ – Santo

“I’m very disappointed to say this but I would not feel right if I didn’t say it.

“I just don’t want to see him more – that’s what I told him. I hope he doesn’t whistle a game of ours again because all the games we have with Lee Mason are always the same.

“He cannot control the players, the players are constantly arguing – both teams. With all the other referees the game flows, there’s dialogue. He’s just not ready to do it.”

Burnley boss Sean Dyche was understandably more content with how the game unfolded at Turf Moor, saying his side deserved all three points.

“It was a fantastic Burnley night,” he said. “Rain pouring, wind swirling, freezing cold, all the rest of it.

“It was a very good performance and a deserved win. At both ends of the pitch we operated well. We created quality chances. We rarely create 25 or 40 but we created a good number today.

“If we’re being hypercritical we could’ve controlled the game earlier if we had taken them but on the other hand we saw the game through well and deserved the win.”

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