Graham Roberts has described Peter Bankes’ refereeing performance in Tottenham’s clash against Sheffield United as the worst he has ever seen.

Tottenham had a penalty decision go against them in the first half after James Maddison was bundled over inside the box.

Additionally, the Spurs players and the fans were incredibly frustrated at the time-wasting tactics employed by the Blades throughout the 90 minutes.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: James Maddison of Tottenham Hotspur controls the ball during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 16, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

That is perhaps what made the manner of the win even sweeter, with Tottenham’s goals coming in the 98th and 100th minute, giving the away side no time to respond.

Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom did not hold back on his assessment of the officiating after the game, terming it as ‘appalling’, and he asserted his goalkeeper, Wes Foderingham, was asked to play long and threatened with a second yellow if he did not (Sky Sports).

Graham Roberts blasts Peter Bankes’ performance

Roberts has now called on the PMGOL to look into the decisions made and asserted that Banks should not handle another Premier League game in the future.

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What is ironic here is that Heckingbottom and Spurs fans are having a go at the referee for the exact opposite reason, which shows how difficult the job is.

Those associated with Tottenham feel that Bankes was too lenient in allowing Foderingham’s time -wasting while Heckingbottom feels that he was too harsh, even to the point of asking the Blades goalkeeper to go long if he wanted to avoid a second yellow.

The reality is that it was always going to be difficult for Bankes to show Foderingham a second yellow for time-wasting after he had already been booked for handling the ball outside the area.

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