Premier League referees in Week 14 | 27th November 17 - 28th November 17

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You don’t have to look too far for contested decisions from Matchday 13, be it a Southampton penalty appeal denied by Kevin Friend, which had no effect on the outcome of the game, Rajiv van La Parra’s latest indiscretion or Stuart Attwell’s lenient reaction to being shoved by Swansea’s Ki Sung-Yeung. A stronger sanction might indeed have affected Ki’s team’s draw with Bournemouth at the Liberty Stadium.

YATR’s Keith Hackett sees no room for interpretation in this case: “Ki deliberately pushed the referee in his back in an attempt to get at his opponent. It’s a red card all day long for me; players are NOT ALLOWED to make contact with match officials.”

When it comes to the Premier League, you can bet your bottom dollar on passions running high, even if it was another competition entirely that once prompted Steve Nichol to opine: “You run out of expletives when you talk about Lionel Messi”…

Andre Marriner

Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace | 28/11 | 7.45pm
Assistants: S Ledger & S Beck
Fourth official: Mike Jones

Of the many to have played for both participants in this A23 Clasico, immortalised as the Donkey Derby by Brighton fan Attila the Stockbroker in a song released in 1993, current Brighton forward Glenn Murray stands out among these brave souls: Bert Addinall, Kemy Agustien, Ade Akinbiyi, Calvin Andrew, Trevor Benjamin, Ken Bennett, Gary Borrowdale, Tony Burns, Steve Claridge, Paul Dickov, Stephen Dobbie, Scott Flinders, John Humphrey, Paul Kitson, Roy Little, Neil Martin, Dave Martin, Johnny McNichol, Paul McShane, Gary O’Reilly, John Phillips, Simon Rodger, Dave Sexton, Neil Smillie, Jamie Smith, Steven Thomson, Matthew Upson and Eric Young.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Andre Marriner:
Matches in 2017/18: 9 (7 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 8
Yellows: 24 Reds: 1 [/quote_box_right]
Brighton bosses Steve Coppell, Peter Taylor and Martin Hinshelwood have represented Palace too, the former as manager and the other two as players.

The first derby encounter in Sussex took place in Division Three (south), and fell on Christmas Day, 1920, ending in a 2-0 win for Palace.

The last one was in May, 2013, curiously enough with the same result, and it came in the more intense environment of a packed AMEX, costing Gus Poyet his job after two Zaha goals clinched a play-off final spot for Palace against Watford. Mark Clattenburg cautioned Kagisho Dikgacoi, Inigo Calderon and Will Buckley that night.

Andre Marriner takes this Tuesday evening kick-off pitting 9th versus 20th having held the board for Neil Swarbrick at Old Trafford over the weekend.

Anthony TaylorLeicester City v Tottenham Hotspur | 28/11 | 7.45pm
Assistants: G Beswick & A Nunn
Fourth official: Chris Kavanagh

The first remarkable meeting of these sides in the Midlands came in the FA Cup, in January, 1914, as a Claude Stoodley hat-trick helped Spurs secure a replay in a 5-5 draw. The home side won the WHL replay 2-0 and took Thomas Clay and Fanny Walden off Leicester’s hands soon afterwards.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Anthony Taylor:
Matches in 2017/18: 8 (5 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 1
Yellows: 32 Reds: 0[/quote_box_right]
The last, and 108th meeting was on the traumatic final day of 2016/17, when Michael Oliver cautioned Moussa Sissoko, Marc Albrighton, Demarai Gray and Danny Simpson. Harry Kane, who played for Leicester in 2012/13 on loan, scored four in his fourth hat-trick of last season and Son Heung-Min scored twice, Ben Chilwell replying for the hosts.

The only time Spurs dabbled with a French coach of their own, it did not end well, with Jacques Santini’s number two, Martin Jol, taking over after just 13 games. Both Claude Puel and Mauricio Pocchettino’s first jobs as coaches in England, of course, were with Southampton.

Spurs beat Leicester to win the 1999 Worthington Cup at Wembley despite Justin Edinburgh bring sent off by Terry Heilbron for tangling with Robbie Savage. Heilbron remains the only major cup final referee never to have refereed a top-flight league match.

Besides Kane, dual representatives include Ben Alnwick, Joe Barlow, Tommy Clay, Stephen Clemence, Terry Fenwick, Les Ferdinand, Steffen Freund, Marton Fulop, Ricky Hill (Spurs coach, City player) Jimmy Holmes, Percy Humphries, Kasey Keller, Paul Konchesky, Bill Lane, Billy Leech, Gary Lineker, Jim Milliken, Fred Milnes, Paul Moran, Kyle Naughton, Taffy O’Callaghan, David Pleat (manager with both clubs) Tom Roberts, Buchanan Sharp, Harry Sparrow, Cyril Spiers (Spurs player, City coach) Peter Taylor (Spurs player, City manager) Ben Thatcher, Ian Walker, Ralph Ward, Keith Weller and Mark Yeates. David Pleat managed both clubs, too.

It’s 12th plays 5th for Anthony Taylor, who takes his 175th Premier League game as the man in the middle tonight.

Jonathan MossWatford v Manchester United | 28/11 | 8pm
Assistants: E Smart & A Halliday
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

You don’t see a Portugese coach take on a Portugese coach every week, but this fixture summons to mind the sad story of Jimmy Davis, who was on loan at Watford from United when he lost his life in a car crash on the eve of the opening game of the 2003/04 season. Although Watford’s game against Coventry was postponed, Davis’s favourite song, Gangsta’s Paradise, was played in tribute before every home game for the remainder of that season.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Jon Moss:
Matches in 2017/18: 9 (5 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 6
Yellows: 31 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]
Other playing links include Ben Foster and Danny Webber and currently Craig Cathcart, Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young.

These clubs first met in an FA Cup 4th round tie in January, 1950, won 1-0 thanks to a Jack Rowley goal for the visitors. The first league encounter did not take place until 1982, with the same result courtesy of Norman Whiteside.

Watford, however, came out on top the last time United visited Vicarage Road, to the tune of 3-1 in September, 2016. Michael Oliver was the referee as the home side recorded their first in 12 meetings in all competitions against this opposition, losing all the previous 11.

Cautioned that day were Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Memphis Depay, Wayne Rooney, Miguel Britos, Jose Holebas and Troy Deeney, while the goals came from Etienne Capoue, Camilo Zuniga and Deeney, with Marcus Rashford mustering the reply.

Jon Moss takes his sixth televised match of the season so far, a total which has included Chelsea versus Watford and United versus Spurs as well as their 2-2 draw at the Britannia Stadium.

West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United | 28/11 | 8pm
Assistants: A Garratt & D Cook
Fourth official: Mike Dean

Newcastle can level the overall tally between the clubs by winning today, with 47 to the hosts’ 48 wins and 33 draws.

Bobby Robson, Steve Clarke, Ossie Ardiles, Ruel Fox, Mark Robinson, Wayne Fereday, Mick Martin, John Anderson, Bob Pailor, Steve Watson and John Trewick have featured in a few of those between them, while Colin Suggett, Baggies’ one-time record signing at £100,000, found himself caretaker manager at Newcastle after the departure of Willie McFaul.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Lee Probert:
Matches in 2017/18: 5 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 3
Yellows: 7 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]

For two years Robson’s shortest-lived England successor, Sam Allardyce, was a player at the Hawthorns only to spend slightly less time than that in the Magpies hot-seat.

Andy Hunt scored 11 goals in 43 Newcastle appearances, then nine in nine on loan before moving to West Brom permanently for five years permanent, claiming 67 goals from 202 games.

The first meeting between the clubs in the Midlands was at Stoney Lane, when WBA won 2-0 in April, 1899, in Division One. The last was won 1-0 with a Darren Fletcher strike in December, 2015, when Mike Jones kept a ‘clean sheet’. Fletcher had trials at Newcastle as a boy before opting for Old Trafford instead.

Wiltshire’s Lee Probert takes the 17th-place club versus the Premier League leaders having refereed the 2014 FA Cup Final and enjoyed the rare experience of taking domestic Japanese league fixtures for a spell back in 2011. It’s his first time in charge of either club this season.

Graham Scott

Arsenal v Huddersfield Town | 29/11 | 7.45pm
Assistants: P Kirkup & C Hatzidakis
Fourth official: Kevin Friend

Herbert Chapman managed Huddersfield for four seasons and Arsenal for nine. To his single FA Cup and two league titles for the Terriers he added exactly the same return, before pneumonia intervened and ensured he missed the greater fruits of his Highbury labour.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Graham Scott:
Matches in 2017/18: 6 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 5
Yellows: 11 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]
As well as designing the scoreboard and turnstiles at the stadium, he oversaw the installation of floodlights 20 years before their use was permitted in matches.

Tom Crew refereed the 1930 FA Cup Final between these clubs, won 2-0 by Arsenal, and the record attendance, 67,037, at Huddersfield’s former ground, Leeds Road, in 1932, still belongs to this fixture.
The first London meeting was on Valentines Day, 1914, which the Terriers won 1-0 in Division Two at Highbury, and the last league meeting came in Division One, when Arsenal won 1-0 in January, 1972, thanks to George Armstrong’s winner.

The two met far more recently in the FA Cup, however, when Mark Clattenburg took charge of their 4th round tie in 2011.

Arsenal won this noon kick-off 2-1 despite a first-half red card for Sebastien Squillaci, while yellow was the colour for Kieran Gibbs, Cesc Fabregas, Scott Arfield, Anthony Pilkington, James McCombe and Jack Hunt. Goals were provided by Nicklas Bendtner and Fabregas, with Alan Lee providing the reply.

Graham Scott is due to referee both of these teams for the first time this season, but he did referee two Terriers defeats to Sheffield Wednesday last term.

Roger East

Bournemouth v Burnley | 29/11 | 7.45pm
Assistants: M Perry & S Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Simon Hooper

Burnley can as good as crash the race for Champions League places with a win against their former manager tonight.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was Sean Dyche’s Turf Moor predecessor and shares a Lancashire past with Felix Junior Stanislas and Marc Pugh, too.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Roger East:
Matches in 2017/18: 5 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 8
Yellows: 22 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]
The first time these clubs met was in January, 1966, ending 1-1 in the FA Cup 3rd round and ending 7-0 to the Clarets in the replay. That was not the only historical rout, either, with Bournemouth claiming a 5-0 Division Two win at Dean Court in November, 1998.

The last day of last season gave the Cherries a 2-1 home win, when referee Lee Probert only booked Robbie Brady. The goals came from Junior Stanislas, Josh King and Sam Vokes.

Roger East has refereed two Burnley games, a draw and a defeat, as well as a Bournemouth defeat so far this season.

Neil SwarbrickChelsea v Swansea City | 29/11 | 7.45pm
Assistants: R West & M Wilkes
Fourth official: Lee Mason

Claude Makelele may no longer be around in the home side’s dug-out, but Brendan Rodgers and Paul Clement himself share lengthy spells on the Stamford Bridge coaching staff in common with their spells in charge of Swansea.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Neil Swarbrick:
Matches in 2017/18: 9 (5 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 8
Yellows: 22 Reds: 0[/quote_box_right]
Tammy Abraham, who is still one of Chelsea’s famous 40 players on loan, and Jack Cork, who used to be, currently ply their trade at the Liberty even though the former is prevented by Premier League rules from facing his parent club tonight.

It’s a fascinating fact that, up until Matchday 13, there had been more goals scored for Chelsea by Spaniards than for all but two La Liga clubs. There may have been even more to write home about had Swansea’s Llorente joined Chelsea and not Spurs in the summer…

Scott Sinclair became the Swans’ first £1million signing when he joined from Chelsea in 2010 and had a phenomenal season as he scored 27 goals in all competitions, including that unforgettable hat-trick at Wembley.

The first meeting of these clubs was in November, 1925, when the Swans won 3-1 in Division Two, while the last was February 3-1, a tenth consecutive Premier League win, overseen by the same ref who’s in charge tonight. That day Mr Swarbrick cautioned David Luiz, Kyle Naughton, Martin Olsson and Leroy Fer.

Michael OliverEverton v West Ham United | 29/11 | 8pm
Assistants: S Bennett & S Burt
Fourth official: Craig Pawson

David Moyes returns to the scene of his greatest triumphs with a third club, while namesake Unsworth faces the club he first left Everton for in 1997 as a player.

A certain Slaven Bilic also played for both and will no longer be around to greet countryman Nikola Vlasic, who looks certain to be pressed into action in a beleaguered Toffees defence.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Michael Oliver:
Matches in 2017/18: 11 (8 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 2
Yellows: 42 Reds: 2[/quote_box_right]
David ‘Budgie’ Burrows, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Don Hutchison, Lars Jacobsen, Enner Valencia, Danny Williamson, Tony Cottee and Nathan Holland, whose debut came as a sub for Sead Haksabanovic in West Ham’s Carabao Cup run this season, have all also played for both.

If an indelible memory was provided at the FA Cup semi-final replay at Elland Road in 1980, when Frank Lampard senior jigged around a corner flag with his socks down after scoring the winner, hostilities between the clubs go back further still than that.

Their first encounter to take place on Merseyside was a 2-1 home win in Division One, in March, 1924, with goals from John Cock and Wilfred Chadwick, and Billy Moore replying for the visitors. The last was in October, 2016, this time Everton winning 2-0. Anthony Taylor cautioned Idrissa Gueye, Bryan Oviedo, Pedro Obiang, Winston Reid and Michail Antonio, while the goals came from Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley.

Michael Oliver was fourth official when Everton earned a point at the Etihad this season, but has refereed Everton and West Ham once each, whereas last season that tally was five Everton games to one involving West Ham, a 2-2 draw with West Brom.

Paul Tierney

Manchester City v Southampton | 29/11 | 8pm
Assistants: A Holmes & M McDonough
Fourth official: Bobby Madley

Southampton’s slender superiority in the annals of this fixture stands in peril as they visit the Etihad, having won 31 to City’s 30 overall.

Not only did this fixture signify Frank Lampard’s last ever Premier League game in May, 2015, it was also the one that brought down the curtains on Maine Road in May, 2003, with Mike Dean in charge.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Paul Tierney:
Matches in 2017/18: 3 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 4
Yellows: 14 Reds: 0[/quote_box_right]
The first encounter at Maine Road, Manchester, came in October, 1926 in Division Two: a Saints away win 4-3 two from Bill Rawlings, later to join City’s neighbours United, and one each from Rowley and Taylor.

Last time, the honours were shared in October, 2016, when Mark Clattenburg cautioned Jordy Classie, Oriol Romeu and Fraser Forster for the visitors and Aleksandar Kolorov, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero for the team topping the league at the time. Iheanacho equalised Redmond’s opener.

While these coaches share a La Liga history with city rivals Barca and Espanyol, the players who’ve played for City and Saints most recently have been Wayne Bridge, Graham Baker, Mick Channon, Alan Ball, Kevin Bond, Dave Watson, Eyal Berkovic, Phil Boyer and Uwe Rosler. Kevin Keegan played for Southampton and managed City.

Paul Tierney takes his 19th ever Premier League appointment tonight, even though he’s been at it since 2008/09.

Martin AtkinsonStoke City v Liverpool | 29/11 | 8pm
Assistants: L Betts & S Child
Fourth official: Chris Kavanagh

Joe Allen, Charlie Adam, Peter Crouch, Michael Owen and Glen Johnson have played for both the Reds and the Potters, joined by Jermaine Pennant, who had four-year spells at each and was last seen taking to the field at Billericay Town.

Howard Gayle also makes this exclusive club, while Oussama Assaidi, who joined Liverpool from Dutch club Heerenveen in 2012, spent most of his time with Liverpool out on loan at Stoke.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Martin Atkinson:
Matches in 2017/18: 8 (5 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 2
Yellows: 18 Reds: 1 [/quote_box_right]
Scouser Dominic Matteo was captain in Stoke’s promotion season of 2008, while Paul Stewart left Anfield in 1996 for a season at the Victoria Ground. Anfield legend Bruce Grobbelaar played four times on loan, while Salif Diao spent five years at Stoke and three at LFC. Mark Walters was another loanee who scored two goals in nine games back in 1993/94. Victor Moses trumps that, having been loaned to both clubs in consecutive seasons from Chelsea.

The first meeting came in November, 1894 in the Potteries, when Stoke recorded a 3-1 win in Division One, and the last was a 2-1 win to Liverpool, in April, refereed by Mike Dean.

Dean cautioned Ragnar Klavan and Roberto Firmino, as the latter also got himself on the scoresheet alongside countryman Philippe Coutinho after Jon Walters had given Stoke a 1-0 lead at the break.
Martin Atkinson takes 15th versus 6th four years after Mark Hughes was fined for improper Boxing Day conduct prompted by first-half red cards for Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson shown by Martin Atkinson against Newcastle.

“There were a lot of decisions that left a lot to be desired,” Hughes said after watching the second half from the main stand at St James Park.

Keith Hackett was impressed with Atkinson’s last performance, at the London Stadium, with one exception: “He failed to caution West Ham’s Andre Ayew for a clear dive in attempting to win a penalty kick. This also exposes why the criteria laid down by The Football Association is flawed. If the game is going to stop acts of this type, then they should all go before the panel for review.”

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