Date: 26th September 2008 at 9:44am
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‘Demoted` Premier League ref Mark Halsey has been put in charge of Watford`s clash with Sheffield United tomorrow – just 2 games after starring in the highly controversial John Terry – Keith Hackett – Fergie love triangle over ‘that` red card!

In a week where a reffing useless decision at Vicarage Road has been subject of intense media scrutiny, the bods in the Football League would have been well advised to go for a ‘safe` low key appointment at Bramall Lane tomorrow.

No such luck – as the appointment of demoted Premier League “crap ref” (Chris Coleman`s words and not necessarily those of VitalWatford) Halsey goes to prove?

Either someone at the FA either has a really wicked sense of humour or those misfits at Soho Square have taken a real disliking to Aidy Boothroyd`s Hornets.

The Hertfordshire born (yes, ‘Hertfordshire`) man in black is approaching 10 years in the big league but has been steeped in controversy throughout his whole career.

Halsey was last week ‘demoted` to the depths of a Div 2 local derby between Chester and Shrewsbury after the John Terry red card fiasco against Man City, then awarded a penalty at the Diva Stadium – despite the fact the linesman flagged for a goal kick.

He was also caught drinking with Man City fans after taking charge of their Play Off Final win against Gillingham (after City equalized 5 minutes into injury time) and admitted to “bowing to player pressure” in reversing a penalty award in a Fulham-Arsenal clash a few years back.

All in all then, a pretty strange appointment for a notoriously ‘warm` affair at Bramall Lane.