Lee Mason has been told he should be quit as a professional referee following his performance in Manchester City’s FA Cup victory over Newcastle.
Mason failed to spot Fabian Schar shove Gabriel Jesus in the penalty area in real time, before VAR overruled and recommended he pointed to the spot.
Portsmouth born Mason has been a Premier League referee since 2006, having previously been a linesman in the top flight and the Football League from 1998 until 2002.
The 48-year-old has already taken charge of 24 fixtures this year – dishing out 72 yellow cards and one red.
But ex-top flight official Keith Hackett reckons the longest serving referee in the circuit should hang up his whistle at the end of the season.
“Lee Mason was out of position and failed to detect a big push by a Newcastle United defender in the penalty area, he was dragged out of the mire by Andre Mariner who has acting as VAR,” Hackett told Football Insider.
“I do think this referee should call his last season in the middle. Lee Mason is the longest serving referee on the panel and dare I say it’s about application and reading the game.
“Lee Mason is detached from play and getting in the way of players because even after a long time in the game he still suffers from an inability to read it accurately.
“We need to be seeing younger referees coming in at the elite level.
“It has already been proven with someone like Michael Oliver. His job has been recognised by UEFA to referee Champions League games. Oliver has proven to me that our pyramid system of how we promoted referees needs to be reassessed.”