Trevor Kettle's reputation as the "most hated" EFL official has followed him across the globe – and now he's in charge of a whole country's band of referees..
Ending his career as one of the most senior referees in English football, Kettle took up the post of India's Chief Refereeing Officer in October 2022. Despite hanging up his boots at the end of the previous season, the now-retired referee, 56, is still used by supporters as the barometer for current whistleblowers when answering the question 'How poor was the ref on Saturday?'
A famed highlights reel includes Kettle blowing for half-time as Accrington Stanley scored, ruling out the goal, dishing out a yellow card when Charlton Athletic ace Dominic Blizzard suffered a horror leg break and ex-MK Dons boss Karl Robinson hilariously claiming he would "sit in the stands" for any future matches officiated by the Rutland-born ref.
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But it wasn't just the men in the dugouts that Kettle manage to rile up on a weekly basis with fans still lambasting the former referee every Saturday. "Saying that worst ref since Trevor Kettle this bloke," griped one outraged supporter. "Never thought I'd miss Trevor Kettle but this guy is a clown," laughed a second.
"By far the worst set of officials I have ever seen in my life. Definitely tops the performances of a certain Trevor Kettle," grumbled a third. "Referee stunk the gaff out today probably the worst refereeing performance I’ve seen. Card happy. He’s on Trevor Kettle levels of absurd," joked a fourth.
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Tweets are also still available from when Kettle was operating as the man in the middle, where he built a fierce reputation for dread among supporters. "This kettle ref is easily my most hated ref, " wrote one fan while Kettle was still refereeing. "Whenever I see he’s officiating a City game I’m already dreading it."
"I’d guess that every fan of a lower league club has a story to tell about referee Trevor Kettle," whined another. "Trevor Kettle refereeing Saturday. Thank f*** there's nothing resting on this game," harked a third.
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