By Keith Hackett

5th Oct, 2022 | 4:36pm

Ex-Premier League referee lambasts PGMOL after landmark Everton development

Keith Hackett has lambasted the PGMOL’s coaching practices after Sam Alisson was the fourth official as Everton beat Southampton 2-1 on Saturday (1 October).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee questioned why it has taken so long for a black official to be working in the top flight.

It is believed that Alisson is one of the first black officials to officiate a Premier League game since the retirement of Uriah Rennie in 2009.

No black or Asian official has been the referee of a Premier League game since Rennie‘s retirement.

“Alisson’s career is advancing quickly,” Hackett told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

“I was always disappointed that Uriah Rennie was effectively the last one. He had 15 years on the Football League and the Premier League and four years at Fifa as an international referee. He retired in 2009 and it’s taken far too long.

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“The focus should always be on ensuring that referees should represent society as a whole.

“Therefore, it’s surprising that was in 2009 and this guy is appearing as a fourth official in 2022.

“This reflects, in my view, that the coaching aspect of refereeing in England, generally, leaves a lot to be desired.

“There’s a guy, Ross Joyce, up in the north Riding who is doing a brilliant job of bringing referees through.

“It’s about coaching and mentoring and giving those people the opportunity.

“There’s no question that last year and the year before, was beginning to lack in churn of referees.

“We are beginning to see the new boys come through, Tom Bramall, John Brooks and Rob Jones. These are guys who are coming on, establishing their positions and generally doing a good job.

“They are fresh faces coming in which is what is required.

“I wish him well, it’s a taster and I hope that’s an incentive and not just a token.”

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