Andre Marriner to referee champions Leicester v Everton

Andre Marriner will be in charge as newly-crowned champions Leicester City welcome Everton for their Premier League trophy lift at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Andre Marriner referee
Recent encounter: Marriner was in the middle for Everton’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester United on April 3 (Picture from Sky Sports)

ANDRE Marriner will be the referee when newly-crowned Premier League champions Leicester City host Everton in the Saturday evening kick-off. 

The 45-year-old, from the west Midlands, will cross to the east Midlands this weekend as the Foxes welcome the Toffees for their final home game of the season (KO 17:30 BST, live on Sky Sports).

He will be assisted by Stephen Child (Kent) and Scott Ledger (South Yorkshire), while experienced Football League referee Graham Salisbury (Lancashire) will be on fourth official duties.

After clinching the most unlikeliest of title triumphs on Monday night when Spurs drew at Chelsea, Leicester will take to the field for the first time since being crowned champions for the first time in their 132-year history.

And Claudio Ranieri’s men, who have captured the imagination with their fairytale rise this term, are guaranteed to be welcomed like heroes by their supporters and will lift the trophy after the match at the King Power Stadium.

It could also be Roberto Martinez’s penultimate game as Everton boss, with speculation growing about his future at the club beyond this season.

Marriner will be going to Euro 2016 this summer as an additional assistant referee, as part of Martin Atkinson’s team of officials.

The Sheldon-based whistler lives in Birmingham but is a fan of Aston Villa, who have been relegated to the Championship.

Marriner cheekily stole the match ball from Sadio Mane after the Southampton forward scored a hat-trick in his side’s 4-2 win over Manchester City last Sunday.

The Fifa official is rumoured to have been struggling with a niggling injury during the game at St Mary’s – so it will be interesting to see if he’s fully fit and raring to go on his third trip to the King Power this term.

Marriner oversaw their goalless draw with Bournemouth in January – in which he awarded the Foxes a penalty and dubiously sent off Cherries defender Simon Francis – and 2-0 win over Liverpool in February.

He was also at the helm for the 2-2 draw at Stoke City in September, awarding the Foxes a second-half spotkick converted by Riyad Mahrez but Stoke felt Jon Walters was fouled in the build-up to Jamie Vardy’s leveller.

Marriner also gave Everton a spotkick in their game at the Britannia as the Toffees won 3-0 in February. He was in charge of their memorable home wins over Chelsea and Sunderland in the league too.

Overall, he has brandished 116 yellow cards, sent off five players and awarded 11 penalties in 34 games in all competitions so far this term.

Marriner’s major appointments include the 2010 Championship Play-Off Final, 2011 Community Shield and 2013 FA Cup Final at Wembley.

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