Quique Sanchez Flores: Watford manager 'loves' English refereeing

Quique Sanchez Flores
Quique Sanchez Flores's Watford side have won two and drawn three of their seven Premier League games

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores says he "loves" the "high-quality" refereeing in the Premier League.

The Spaniard claims football is too stop-start in his homeland, while English referees let the game flow.

Sanchez Flores, 50, managed Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Getafe before taking the Watford job in June.

"The style in Spain is different: stop game, stop game. In England it's quick, quick. I'm very happy with the style," he told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"If it's not a strong foul, carry on."

Watford are yet to be the victims of a high-profile contentious refereeing decision this season, but there have been several in the Premier League.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger criticised Mike Dean for not sending off Diego Costa, who was later banned for three games for violent conduct, during the Gunners' 2-0 defeat at Chelsea last month.

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, meanwhile, had a three-match ban overturned after he was sent off during the 3-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield.

And the Premier League admitted Liverpool's winning goal against Bournemouth in August should have been ruled out for offside.

Meanwhile, Watford have announced Scotland international Ikechi Anya has signed a new five-year contract.

The 27-year-old winger joined the club permanently in 2013 after a season-long loan from Granada.

The Hornets visit Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday (15:00 BST).

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