Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi expressed his dissatisfaction with the quality of Premier League officiating, stating that he dislikes 80 per cent of English referees.
Following a 1-1 draw against relegation-threatened Sheffield United, De Zerbi voiced his frustration, particularly with the contentious 69th-minute red card shown to Seagulls midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud.
This decision, which flipped the dynamics of the game and led to a comeback from Sheffield United, prompted De Zerbi to criticize top-flight officials.
The Blades leveled the score with an own goal from Adam Webster 16 minutes from time, nullifying Simon Adingra’s stunning first-half opener, and shortly thereafter, De Zerbi received a booking.
After the game, De Zerbi told reporters: “I am honest and clear, I don’t like 80 per cent of English referees. I don’t like their behavior on the pitch.” When pressed further, he added: “England is the only country where, when there is VAR, you are not sure the decision is right. In other countries, you have to be sure the referee is 100 percent right. In England no, I’m not able to understand (that).”
De Zerbi‘s frustration isn’t solely based on the decision against his player in today’s game; it appears to be a recurring issue. Throughout his tenure at Brighton, the Italian coach has frequently clashed with officials. His recent comments provide context, suggesting that his discontent with Premier League refereeing runs deeper than the events of a single match.