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Eyebrows have been raised at ex-referee Jon Moss after he launched a Fantasy Football league via his Leeds record shop.
The Vinyl Whistle had been running a competition — with entry priced at £5 — on their website in an ad that featured the Premier League’s logo. While Moss retired last year, he is now actively involved with refs’ bosses PGMOL as select group one manager.
‘Not sure it’s a great look for someone who selects who referees games in a league to be running a competition based on it,’ said one interested observer. ‘I’m also not sure the League will be too thrilled to see him using their logo to promote it.’
After PGMOL was contacted by Agenda, the league was closed down. It is understood Moss did not have a team in the competition.
The Premier League declined to comment.
Former Premier League referee Jon Moss has launched a Fantasy Football league via his Leeds record shop
Moss retired as a referee last season but is involved with refs’ bosses PGMOL as select group one manager
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