Jonathan Moss has been appointed as the referee for this evening’s game between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace, which is unlikely to please anyone on either side.
Whilst he did in fact take charge of the reverse fixture at Selhurst Park back in October, when Palace ran out 2-0 winners, the general feeling towards him from the stands is not one of warmth and respect.
A large part of the apathy towards him stems from his decision to award a penalty against us at Old Trafford in 2013, for a foul that was committed well outside the box. As we all know, football fans are rarely prepared to forgive and forget when it comes to refereeing mistakes.
Moss is well known for being card happy, having dished out a mammoth 71 yellow and six red cards so far this season, giving him an average of over 3 cautions for every game he’s taken charge of. Indeed, only last week, he dismissed a player from each side in Blackburn’s FA Cup clash with West Ham much to the fans’ annoyance.
Hopefully the game will pass without any contentious incidents, but if last season’s meeting between the two sides at The Hawthorns is anything to go by, we can expect a pretty lively tussle from the first minute until the last.
I suppose we should all just be grateful that we don’t have to contend with Mark Clattenburg.