REFEREE Mike Jones has been chosen to officiate Tottenham’s Premier League clash with Everton on Saturday evening.
The 47-year-old will oversee his third top-flight game of the campaign when European challengers Spurs face the Toffees at White Hart Lane (KO 5:30pm, live on Sky Sports 1).
He will be assisted in north London by experienced linesmen Andy Garratt (West Midlands) and Mark Scholes (Buckinghamshire) while the fourth official will be Football League referee Charles Brakespear (Surrey).
It will be a milestone occasion for the Cheshire-based whistler, who will take charge of his 150th Premier League match almost eight years to the day when he stepped out for his debut at the KC Stadium for Wigan’s 5-0 win at Hull.
The Cheshire-based whistler issued seven yellows altogether in both games and correctly sent off Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat for two bookable offences in the first half.
Jones also put in a solid performance in the competitive Yorkshire derby between Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday when dropping down to the Championship for the televised early kick-off last Saturday.
The Chester-born official sent off 10 players, brandished 117 yellow cards and awarded 12 penalties in 34 games in all competitions last season.
Three red cards came as Jones ended 2014-15 with five top-flight games to take his total to 21 for the campaign but also found himself a regular in the second-tier with 10 matches overall.
Since first taking up the whistle in 1997, his high-profile appointments to date are refereeing the 2007 League Two Play-Off Final, the 2009 FA Trophy Final and being fourth official to Phil Dowd for the 2012 FA Cup Final – all at Wembley Stadium.
His Premier League career, however, has been shrouded with controversy including the infamous beachball incident at the Stadium of Light in 2010, booking Sergio Aguero for diving when he was clearly fouled at Southampton last term and awarding Liverpool a penalty against Leicester when the ball clearly struck Wes Morgan in the face.
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Andre Marriner will take charge of back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time this season when overseeing the first match of the weekend.
The 44-year-old from the West Midlands has been assigned to Arsenal’s trip to Newcastle this Saturday lunchtime (KO 12:45pm, live on BT Sport 1).
He will be assisted at St James’s Park by Darren Cann and Marc Perry with fellow Fifa referee Anthony Taylor on fourth official duties.
Marriner oversaw his first top-flight game of 2015-16 last Sunday and handed out two yellow cards as newly-promoted Watford drew 0-0 with Southampton at Vicarage Road.
Three days earlier, he gave out four yellows in the Europa League play-off tie between Qabala and Panathinaikos and also handed out a solitary booking and awarded a penalty in Wolves’ 1-1 Championship draw with Hull City on August 16.
The Sheldon-based whistler only sent off one player, issued 86 yellow cards and awarded three penalties in 20 Premier League games last season.
Marriner will still be remembered by Gunners fans for infamously sending off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in their 6-0 defeat at Chelsea in March 2014.
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Mike Dean will step down into the Football League this weekend to officiate the Championship encounter between Bristol City and Burnley at Ashton Gate.
Ex-Fifa official Dean has been a regular in the top-flight since 2000 but has also handled a number of high-profile games in the lower divisions.
He will be assisted this Saturday for the 3pm kick-off by Matthew Wilkes and newly-promoted Select Group linesman Daniel Cook with National List referee Brendan Malone overseeing fourth official duties.
Bobby Madley will take charge of his second Premier League game of the season when taking to the field for Aston Villa’s clash with Sunderland on Saturday (KO 3pm).
The West Yorkshire whistler is still only 29 – two years older than brother Andy, a Football League referee – and is in his third season as a full-time Select Group official.
His other match this term was the 2-2 draw between Tottenham and Stoke at White Hart Lane in which he handed out four yellow cards and awarded the visitors a penalty while he also oversaw Charlton’s 2-0 win over QPR on the opening weekend of the Championship season.
Madley – who has mainly been used as a fourth official so far in 2015-16 – will be assisted at Villa Park by linesmen Edward Smart and Richard West while Stephen Martin is the fourth official.
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