Lee Mason won’t referee in Premier League after quitting PMGOL

Lee Mason will not be in charge of any Premier League matches after leaving PMGOL by mutual consent.

The 51-year-old, who has been in the top league for more than 15 years, left just days after making a mistake in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Brentford earlier this month.

Arsenal VAR decision

Mason, who was video assistant referee during the match, failed to deny Ivan Tony’s equalizer in the 74th minute after it was later revealed that Christian Norgaard was offside leading to the goal.

The decision would later have major implications for the Premier League title race as it allowed reigning champions Manchester City to close the gap to Arsenal.City also beat the Gunners at the Emirates on Wednesday. He topped the midweek standings when he finished.

PMGOL statement

A statement from PMGOL said: “Lee has been a Premier League referee for 15 years, overseeing 287 top-flight matches during that time and was the last referee in the final stages of the 2021/22 season.

After being promoted to the Football League in 1998, the 51-year-old has officiated over 500 professional matches.

We thank Lee for his dedicated contribution to the professional game and wish him the best in his future endeavors. ”

PMGOL’s Chief Referencing Officer, Howard Webb, later contacted Arsenal to acknowledge and explain the error.

However, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: “It wasn’t a human error, you didn’t understand your job. Arsenal lost two points they can’t recover and they have to find those two points somewhere in the league. not.

Mason was also responsible for several VAR errors this season. This includes the decision that led to Arsenal’s opening goal against Manchester United in September, which was also disallowed.

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