- Madley to handle Spurs v Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime
- Moss in charge of Hull v Manchester United evening kick-off
- Marriner appointed to Manchester City v West Ham on Sunday
BOBBY Madley will take charge of Tottenham’s Premier League encounter with Liverpool on Saturday.
The 30-year-old, from west Yorkshire, will be in the middle for Saturday’s lunchtime game at White Hart Lane between two sides hoping to finish in the top four this season (KO 12:30 BST, live on Sky Sports).
For the second top-flight game running, he will be assisted by Peter Kirkup (Northamptonshire) and Marc Perry (west Midlands), while Craig Pawson (south Yorkshire) has been appointed as fourth official.
Madley has handled three games across different competitions so far this season – brandishing 14 yellow cards and awarding two penalties but he is yet to send a player off.
The Huddersfield Town fan performed well in Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Sunderland on the opening weekend, correctly awarding City a third-minute spotkick after Patrick van Aanholt fouled Raheem Sterling.
He has also handled qualifiers in the Champions League and Europa League last month, as well as being fourth official for the Community Shield, Hull’s 2-0 win over Swansea and Middlesbrough’s 2-1 at Sunderland last weekend.
The Wakefield-born whistler, who was promoted to the Select Group in 2013 and became a Fifa referee in January, oversaw 24 Premier League matches last season – including his first Wear-Tyne and Merseyside derbies.
Since the start of last season, only Mike Dean (16) has awarded more penalties in the Premier League than Madley (14).
Madley hasn’t officiated a Spurs league match since their 2-2 draw at home to Stoke last August, but did award a controversial late penalty in the FA Cup tie against Leicester in January which allowed them to salvage an away replay.
He encountered Liverpool as recently as the final day of last season in their draw at West Brom, but also officiated two Reds matches at Anfield – their 2-2 draw with Sunderland in February and 4-0 victory over rivals Everton in April.
Spurs-Liverpool has been a fixture awarded to progressive officials in recent years – Mike Jones dismissed two Reds players in Spurs’ 4-0 win in 2011 and Craig Pawson gave a steady display in last season’s goalless draw, Jurgen Klopp’s first game as Liverpool boss.
Jon Moss will be the man in the middle for Manchester United’s trip to promoted Hull City (KO 17:30 BST, live on BT Sport).
His team of officials will be Andy Halliday (north Yorkshire), Eddie Smart (west Midlands) and fourth official Martin Atkinson (west Yorkshire) at the KCOM Stadium.
Moss had a quiet game in Swansea’s 1-0 win at Burnley on the opening day but issued seven yellow cards and could have sent off Chelsea striker Diego Costa for two bookings in their 2-1 win at Watford last weekend.
The Horsforth-based official might have another busy match in store, with both sides hoping to preserve their 100% start to the campaign.
Moss officiated 33 games across four competitions last season – issuing 97 yellow cards, sending off seven players and awarding nine penalties.
The Sunderland-born whistler was in charge of the League Cup semi-final second leg between Liverpool and Stoke at Anfield and one of his 25 Premier League matches was Leicester’s 2-2 draw with West Ham, after which he was heavily criticised.
Moss gave Foxes striker Jamie Vardy a second yellow card for diving and awarded each side a penalty – all three being contentious decisions in a key game at the King Power Stadium in April.
The 45-year-old controlled five United games in 2015-16: their 1-0 opening weekend win over Spurs, 3-0 victory at Everton in October, home wins over Swansea in the league and Sheffield United in the FA Cup in successive weeks in January, and 3-1 win against Bournemouth in their final game which had to be rearranged after a bomb scare.
But his last match involving Hull was their goalless draw against Leicester – when both were scrapping for Premier League survival – at the King Power Stadium in March 2015.
The Tigers have surprisingly begun with six points from six under the interim guidance of former United assistant manager Mike Phelan, beating champions Leicester 2-1 in the Premier League opener before a 2-0 success at Swansea last weekend.
United have also opened the season impressively since Jose Mourinho’s arrival, following up their Community Shield triumph and 3-1 win at Bournemouth with a 2-0 victory over Southampton at Old Trafford in the first Friday night football.
The last time the teams met was on the final day of the Premier League season in May 2015, when United’s Marouane Fellaini was sent off by referee Lee Probert in a goalless draw that relegated Hull.
Andre Marriner will be the referee when Manchester City play host to West Ham at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday (KO 16:00 BST, live on Sky Sports).
The west Midlands official will oversee his second Premier League game of the season after issuing just one yellow card in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on the opening weekend.
He was also in charge of the Europa League third qualifying round tie between Apollon Limassol and Grasshoppers in Cyprus last month, in which six players were booked.
Marriner was the fourth official for both Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Southampton and Leicester’s goalless draw with Arsenal in the Premier League last weekend.
Before the weekend game in Manchester, the Sheldon-based whistler will be in charge of the Champions League play-off round second leg between German outfit Borussia Monchengladbach and Swiss side Young Boys on Wednesday night.
At the age of 45, this is due to be his final season on the Fifa list before reaching mandatory retirement, having been one of England’s representatives on the international scene since 2009.
Marriner dished out 124 yellows and five reds in 36 games last term, as well as awarding 13 penalties.
His three City matches were all defeats on their travels – in the 2-1 reverse against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium just before Christmas, February’s 5-1 FA Cup loss at Chelsea, and the 4-2 defeat by Southampton at St Mary’s in May when he jokingly tried to keep hat-trick hero Sadio Mane’s match-ball.
He was due to oversee their home match against Stoke but was swapped with Madley after Martin Atkinson pulled out of Liverpool’s game with Newcastle through injury.
Madley was in the middle for last season’s corresponding fixture, which also took place early in the campaign, as West Ham recorded a shock 2-1 win thanks to first-half goals from Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho.
It will be Marriner’s first outing at the Etihad as man in the middle since its expansion – and since his performance was criticised in City’s 1-0 win over Everton in December 2014.
Marriner will be assisted by Simon Beck (Bedfordshire) and Scott Ledger (south Yorkshire), with Mike Jones (Cheshire) as fourth official.
To date, the League Cup Final is the only major domestic honour to elude Marriner, who is one of the more experienced Select Group members having officiated his first Premier League game in 2005.
It’s a third successive week on TV for Anthony Taylor, who will take charge of West Brom against Middlesbrough at the Hawthorns on Sunday (KO 13:30 BST).
The 37-year-old Fifa referee, from Cheshire, has already overseen Chelsea’s 2-1 win over West Ham on the opening weekend and Manchester United’s 2-0 victory against Southampton at Old Trafford last Friday in the Premier League.
You can view the rest of matchday three’s PL match official appointments here.