By Keith Hackett

17th May, 2022 | 1:00pm

Ex-Uefa official calls on Premier League to hire Pierluigi Collina after Liverpool controversy

Keith Hackett has called on the Premier League to bring in Pierluigi Collina as a referee consultant after Jon Moss’ performance as Liverpool beat Aston Villa 2-1 last week (10 May).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict as the 51-year-old looks set to have officiated his final top-flight game.

The Telegraph reported last month (28 April) that Moss will retire at the end of the season and become the new manager of the select group one referees who take charge of Premier League fixtures.

But Hackett has insisted he is not capable of that job and the authorities should instead look at Collina widely-regarded as one of the greatest-ever referees.

He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Is Jon Moss now fit to manage the select group of referees?

“I don’t mean fitness, I mean fit. The word fit covers everything. He’s not got international experience, he’s not a Fifa referee.

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“After the performance he gave in this game, which was wishy-washy, he is now going to be telling and advising the likes of Anthony Taylor, Michael Oliver and Jarred Gillett and others how to referee.

“It’s like getting the ticket collector at the train station to suddenly take over driving the train.

“It’s ludicrous. It’s a closed shop.

“There’s plenty of referees out there who can do a better job within the PGMOL, there’s Mark Halsey, there’s Graham Poll, there’s Jeff Winter, there’s Howard Webb, there’s Mark Clattenburg.

“The only move the Premier League can do is make an approach for Collina. Yes, he’s head of referees at Uefa which is a big job.

“But they can say ‘We want you to come in as a consultant, review our operations and referees to come up with a solution’.

“Refereeing in this country is a mess.”

In other news, a Liverpool 21-yr-old has agreed to quit the club after an agreement.