Wolves manager Nuno slams referee after Burnley loss

BURNLEY, ENGLAND (AP) — Wolverhampton manager Nuno Espirito Santo (pic below, AP) could face punishment for being heavily critical of referee Lee Mason after a 2-1 loss to Burnley in the English Premier League yesterday.

Nuno said Mason “does not have the quality to whistle a game in the Premier League” after seeing his team sunk by close-range goals by Burnley strikers Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood. Fabio Silva replied for Wolves with an 89th-minute penalty.

“I just don’t want to see him more — that’s what I told him,” Nuno said. “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.”

Nuno didn’t make reference to a specific incident in the game at Turf Moor.

“It is not about the crucial mistakes or decisions, it is about the way he handles the game,” he said. “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. I’m very disappointed to say this but I would not feel right if I didn’t say it.”