Ref Jon Moss slated as even Liverpool fans suggest some decisions were ‘biased’

Referee Jon Moss has been slated on social media as even Liverpool fans admit to his 'biased' decisions during their match with Aston Villa.

Both dugouts could be seen complaining to fourth official Andy Madley during the first half after becoming aggrieved with Moss' performance at Villa Park. The 51-year-old official continuously let the game go instead of blowing up for fouls, with several Liverpool players seemingly escaping yellow cards for challenges in the opening 45 minutes.

Moss also failed to penalise an apparent stamp from Naby Keita on Douglas Luiz, instead blowing up and giving a handball against Luiz.

There also appeared to be an offside in the build-up to Villa's opener, just moments before Joel Matip equalised for the visitors moments later.

The Athletic's James Pearce took to Twitter to comment on the refereeing performance, writing: “Jon Moss has been remarkably bad here. Proper end of season, flip-flops on stuff.”

Fans from both clubs were also quick to comment on the official, including one Reds' supporter who added: “Yeah horrendous and super bias towards us. Feel sorry for Villa here!”

Another fan tweeted: “Jon Moss is such a star for Liverpool despite his age.” Whilst another also wrote: “Bad every game, he is always too far behind the play.”

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One other fan joined the conversation by tweeting: "Jon Moss has been Liverpool’s best player by a country mile.”

During the second half, the home fans even started chanting "stand up if you hate Jon Moss", as they let their feelings about his performance be known.

Tuesday's match will be one of Moss' last as a Premier League official, following the news he is set to retire at the end of the season.

Moss will join fellow referees Martin Atkinson and Mike Dean in stepping down from his role as a top flight official in the summer after 11 years in the league.

Since taking charge of his first match in January 2011, Moss has gone on to take charge of 272 matches in the Premier League, issuing 906 yellow cards and 38 red cards.

He has also taken charge of several cup finals during his career, including the 2014/15 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium.

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