Ref Moss in charge of Prem Lge opener at Old Trafford

Jon Moss will referee the opening match of the 2015-16 Premier League season between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

Jon Moss referee (FA Cup Final 2015 at Wembley - 30th May)
Regular: Only Martin Atkinson (32) oversaw more Premier League games in 2014-15 than Moss’s 30 (Picture from BT Sport)

JON Moss will referee the opening match of the 2015-16 Premier League season between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

The 44-year-old from West Yorkshire will be in the middle for the Saturday lunchtime kick-off when the new domestic campaign gets underway.

He will be assisted by linesmen John Brooks (Leicestershire) and Edward Smart (West Midlands) while the fourth official will be Andre Marriner (West Midlands).

Moss oversaw last season’s FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Wembley and was one of the most consistent performers in the Select Group – officiating 30 top-flight games.

The West Riding whistler will also be the fourth official to Community Shield referee Anthony Taylor for Sunday’s match between Stoke City and Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium.

Jon Moss referee (Arsenal v Aston Villa FA Cup Final - 30th May 2015)
In favour: Moss was preferred to the likes of Mark Clattenburg and Michael Oliver to officiate the 2015 FA Cup Final at Wembley (Picture from BBC Sport)

Moss took charge of the goalless draw between the sides at White Hart Lane last December – handing out six yellow cards.

He also visited Old Trafford twice for United’s Premier League win over Stoke earlier in December and their FA Cup fourth round replay against Cambridge United in February.

Moss was involved in plenty of drama in 2014-15 when officiating Spurs four other times including on the final day of the season in their 1-0 win at Everton and a 2-2 draw at fellow Europa League chasers Southampton in April.

He sent off Spurs defender Federico Fazio and awarded four penalties – three to Manchester City – in their 4-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium in October before awarding Spurs a dubious stoppage-time penalty which allowed them to clinch a point against West Ham in February.

Overall, Moss handled 37 games in all competitions with 30 of them coming in the Premier League – his best-ever total and the joint-second highest among the 17 Select Group officials after Martin Atkinson last term.

He brandished 142 yellow cards, sent off nine players and awarded 14 penalties in total.


ELSEWHERE…

Simon Hooper watches on (Lge Two PO Final - 23rd May 2015)
Previous experience: Hooper was the fourth official at four Premier League matches in 2014-15 (Picture from Sky Sports)

Football League referee Simon Hooper will take charge of his first Premier League game when newly-promoted Norwich host Crystal Palace at Carrow Road on Saturday.

The 32-year-old from Wiltshire – who has been a National List for eight seasons – was in charge of last season’s League Two play-off final at Wembley and has been rewarded for a series of impressive performances last term.

He will be assisted in Norfolk by linesmen Andy Garratt and Andy Halliday while Neil Swarbrick is the fourth official.


ALSO ON SATURDAY…

Mark Clattenburg referee (Man United v Tottenham - 15th March 2015)
Breaking protocol: The Newcastle-based official was suspended for one weekend last season for travelling home alone from a game to watch an Ed Sheeran concert (Picture from Sky Sports)

Mark Clattenburg will be in the middle for Bournemouth’s first-ever Premier League game against Aston Villa at the Goldsands Stadium.

The 40-year-old Fifa official from County Durham will be assisted by Simon Beck and Richard West with Stuart Attwell of the Football League in charge of the electronic board.

Michael Oliver will be on duty at Stamford Bridge where champions Chelsea begin their title defence against Swansea City in the evening kick-off (KO 5:30pm, live on Sky Sports).

The 30-year-old from Northumberland will be ably assisted by World Cup 2010 linesman Mike Mullarkey and Harry Lennard (East Sussex) while Paul Tierney will be the fourth official.

Also on Saturday, Mike Jones has been appointed to oversee Watford’s top-flight return against Everton at Goodison Park.

The 47-year-old from Cheshire – who also handled promoted Leicester’s opener against the Toffees on the opening weekend last term – will have Mark Scholes, Derek Eaton and fourth official Anthony Taylor alongside him.

Jones – a Select Group referee since 2008 – was a regular in the Football League last term but still managed to officiate 21 Premier League games over the campaign.

Lee Mason will oversee Claudio Ranieri’s first match as Leicester manager against Sunderland at the King Power Stadium.

The 43-year-old – from Bolton, Lancashire – will be assisted by Peter Kirkup and Ian Hussin while Mike Dean will be the fourth official.


ON SUNDAY…

Anthony Taylor referee (Community Shield ARS v CHE - 2nd Aug 2015)
Widely respected: Taylor is starting his sixth season as a Premier League referee (Picture from BT Sport)

Martin Atkinson will be at the helm for Arsenal’s opener against London rivals West Ham United (KO 1:30pm, live on Sky Sports 1).

The 43-year-old – from Bradford in West Yorkshire – enjoyed an outstanding season last year both domestically and internationally which earned him the honour of officiating May’s Europa League final between Dnipro and Sevilla in Warsaw.

He will be assisted at the Emirates Stadium by Fifa linesmen Stephen Child and Stuart Burt while Michael Oliver will be the fourth official.

Anthony Taylor will referee Stoke’s match with Liverpool (KO 4pm, live on Sky Sports 1) – just like he did on the final day of last season when the Potters won 6-1.

The 36-year-old from Wythenshawe – last season’s Capital One Cup Final referee – was in charge of Sunday’s Community Shield at Wembley between Arsenal and Chelsea.

He made giant strides up the pecking order last term to officiate several high-profile matches including first Tyne-Wear and Merseyside derbies and is now a Uefa Category One official.

Newcastle’s first game under new boss Steve McClaren against Europa League hopefuls Southampton at St James’s Park will be overseen by Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).

The 36-year-old – whose first Premier League game involved Newcastle against Swansea in March 2013 – prepared for the new season by officiating at the Barclays Asia Trophy tournament in Singapore.

Dave Bryan and Scott Ledger are the assistant referees and Andre Marriner the fourth official.


AND ON MONDAY…

The experienced Mike Dean will be in charge of the final Premier League game of the weekend when Manchester City travel to West Bromwich Albion (KO 8pm, live on Sky Sports).

The 47-year-old from the Wirral handled 29 top-flight games last term and was in charge of the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

He will be assisted by linesmen Simon Long and Marc Perry with Mark Clattenburg overseeing fourth official duties.

Premier League match official appointments matchday one (8th to 10th August 2015)
In full: The match official appointments for the opening weekend of the Premier League season 2015-16 (Picture from PremierLeague.com)

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