Premier League club co-owner prepared to “take the hit” as referees come under fire once more

Premier League referees are under increasing pressure following recent controversies. Burnley co-owner JJ Watt, who invested in the team in May 2023, has been vocal about his frustration with the officiating in the Premier League.

Burnley, currently struggling near the bottom of the league standings, has faced numerous challenges including a lack of victories and contentious refereeing decisions. Watt has expressed his willingness to take the heat off manager Vincent Kompany by publicly criticizing the referees.

He highlighted his growing concern about the officiating in the league, stating his interactions with referees and his critique of their decisions. Despite the scrutiny and pressure on referees, Kompany also voiced his dissatisfaction with the standard of refereeing this season, acknowledging the challenges officials face with increased scrutiny and the introduction of VAR.

The situation has intensified with Kompany’s red card and subsequent misconduct charge, further fueling the frustration within the club. The co-owner’s public criticism and the manager’s candid remarks reflect the growing discontent with refereeing decisions in the Premier League.

As the pressure mounts on the officials, the ongoing controversies surrounding refereeing decisions continue to affect teams like Burnley.

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