SkyBet Championship: Bobby Madley to referee Brighton v Newcastle

The Premier League referee will take charge of the crucial top-of-the-table battle at the AMEX Stadium between two sides destined for the top-flight.

In the middle: Madley took charge of the first Premier League game of 2017 in a goalless draw between Middlesbrough and Leicester at the Riverside (Picture from Sky Sports)

A Premier League referee will take charge of the crucial SkyBet Championship clash between leaders Brighton and second-placed Newcastle United.

Bobby Madley has been appointed to keep the peace as the two hot favourites for promotion do battle at the AMEX Stadium in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Tuesday night (KO 19:45 GMT).

The 31-year-old will be assisted on the south coast by Select Group linesmen Marc Perry (west Midlands) and Adrian Holmes (west Yorkshire), while Lee Probert (Wiltshire) is the fourth official.

Madley – who hails from west Yorkshire – will take charge of his 28th game of the campaign in all competitions.

Overall, he has so far brandished a massive 119 yellow cards, sent off four players in four different competitions and awarded eight penalties (seven in the Premier League).

It will be Madley’s first Championship game of the season and he has only ventured down into the Football League once before.

He was criticised by Scunthorpe United boss Graham Alexander for his display in the League One leaders’ 3-1 defeat at Southend United earlier this month and dismissing midfielder Neal Bishop for perceived violent conduct late on at Roots Hall.

Bobby Madley referee (Hull v Sheffield Weds - 28th May 2016)
Honour: Madley was a surprise choice as he became the youngest referee to handle a Championship Play-Off Final last season (Picture from Sky Sports)

The Ossett-born whistler, who joined the Fifa list of international referees last year, was only in the middle for two Championship games but one was another pivotal encounter for Brighton which proved decisive in the promotion battle.

On his last visit to the AMEX, Madley oversaw the Seagulls’ 1-1 draw with Derby County in their penultimate league game in May last year, sending off Brighton defender Lewis Dunk for a second bookable offence late on before James Wilson’s late equaliser for the hosts.

Just five days later, he oversaw his last match involving Newcastle, which was a difficult one for him to contend with in a goalless draw at already-relegated Aston Villa as beach balls were thrown onto the pitch in protest by the home fans at Villa Park.

However, he will still be remembered by most Magpies fans from last season’s Wear-Tyne derby against Sunderland for the controversial dismissal of Fabricio Coloccini which led to a penalty and subsequently turned the game in favour of the Black Cats, who ran out 3-0 winners at the Stadium of Light.

Last May, Madley also handled his first game at Wembley as a referee and put in a solid performance in the Championship Play-Off Final as Hull City earned promotion with a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday, with the appointment coming despite his Yorkshire connections.

It was his second trip to the national stadium last term having been fourth official to Michael Oliver for the League Cup final between Liverpool and Manchester City, capping a consistent and excellent season for him.

Recent: Madley’s last encounter with a Championship side was earlier this month in Fulham’s 3-0 FA Cup defeat at home to London rivals Tottenham (Picture from BBC Sport)

The Wakefield-born official has established himself as one of the better referees in the Select Group in the last two seasons and will no doubt benefit from the departure of Mark Clattenburg at the end of the season with more regular high-profile matches.

Madley’s most recent game was at Selhurst Park on Saturday for Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win over Middlesbrough in the Premier League, in which he somehow booked James McArthur for diving rather than award Palace a penalty when the midfielder was fouled by Stewart Downing in the box.

He only joined the National List of referees in 2010 but has made plenty of progress since.

Madley sent off three players on his Premier League debut when West Brom beat Southampton 3-0 at St Mary’s in April 2013 before being promoted to the Select Group of referees for the 2013-14 campaign.

He is the younger brother of Select Group 2 referee Andy, who endured a busy weekend after being fourth official for Wolves against Birmingham at Molineux on Friday night and sending off Aston Villa’s Leandro Bacuna for pushing a linesman in their 1-0 win over Derby County on Saturday.

Bobby Madley speaks to Yaya Toure (v Everton CO Cup SF 1st leg - 6th Jan 2016)
In control: Madley has shown he can remain calm under pressure, overseeing a League Cup semi-final and a Merseyside derby last season without difficulty (Picture from Sky Sports)

Huddersfield Town fan Bobby has previously handled seven Brighton games stretching back to 2012, all in the Championship, while he has controlled six matches involving Newcastle – four in the Premier League and two in the League Cup.

A referee since 2001, Madley’s experience of the Football League will be required in what is likely to be a fiery and tense occasion under the floodlights on the south coast for the standout game of the midweek fixtures on Tuesday night, with the pressure high on both teams to deliver a positive result.

Newcastle had the edge when the sides met back in August at St James’s Park, with goals from captain Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey securing a 2-0 win over 10-man Brighton.

The vastly-experienced former Premier League official Keith Stroud was in charge and issued six yellows as well as dismissing Sam Baldock for a second bookable offence for a challenge on Newcastle keeper Matz Sels.

Brighton, managed by former Magpies boss Chris Hughton, went top of the Championship on Saturday after a 3-0 win over promotion rivals Reading in the evening kick-off, following Newcastle’s 2-2 draw at home to struggling Bristol City.

Rafael Benitez’s men came from two goals down to earn the point which keeps them one point behind leaders Brighton with 13 games remaining.

Meanwhile, after the game at the AMEX, Madley will be back in Premier League action at the weekend after being appointed to Saturday’s evening showdown between heavyweights Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield.

EFL Cup: Stuart Attwell to referee Northampton v Manchester United

Newly-promoted Select Group referee Stuart Attwell will take charge of Manchester United’s EFL Cup third round tie at League One Northampton.

Back in the big time: Attwell has returned to the Premier League this season after earning promotion for the second time, along with Paul Tierney (Picture from Sky Sports)

STUART Attwell will be the referee for the EFL Cup third round tie between Northampton Town and Manchester United.

The 33-year-old, from Warwickshire, will take charge as the Premier League heavyweights travel to Sixfields to take on the League One newcomers for Wednesday’s televised clash (KO 19:45 BST, live on Sky Sports).

He will be ably assisted by Peter Kirkup (Northamptonshire) and Marc Perry (West Midlands), while the fourth official is Andre Marriner (West Midlands) – who refereed United’s 3-1 league win at Bournemouth on the opening weekend last month.

But it’s the first time Attwell will encounter the Reds since their infamous 4-0 defeat at MK Dons in the second round of the competition in 2013, when Louis van Gaal’s side endured a torrid night at the Stadium MK.

Jose Mourinho will be hoping to avoid a repeat against another third-tier team, with Rob Page making a positive start to his Cobblers reign since replacing Chris Wilder after they romped to the League Two title against all odds last term.

Meanwhile, before the game in Northamptonshire, Attwell will be on electronic board duties when United visit Watford in the Premier League at Vicarage Road on Sunday lunchtime (KO 12:00 BST, live on BT Sport).

He has officiated four matches across all competitions so far this term – one in the Premier League, two in the Championship and one in League One.

The Nuneaton-based whistler did not give any cards or award any penalties in Norwich’s 1-0 win over Bristol City, Hull’s 2-0 top-flight win at Swansea and Ipswich’s 1-0 win at Derby on Tuesday night.

But he had an eventful game in Oxford’s 2-0 derby win over Swindon in the third tier, in which in he sent off Swindon’s Lloyd Jones and goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux in the second half.

Attwell also awarded a penalty, which Chris Maguire converted just before half-time, but changed his decision on the advice of his assistant after Liam Sercombe was tripped by Nathan Thompson.

He was first promoted to the Select Group in 2008 after just one season in the Football League and made his top-flight debut in Blackburn’s 1-1 with Hull at Ewood Park in August of the same year.

In doing so, Attwell became the youngest ever Premier League referee at the age of 25, however, his record was subsequently broken by Michael Oliver in 2010.

After a series of controversial decisions, including the infamous ‘ghost goal’ between Reading and Watford, Attwell was demoted back to the National List in February 2012.

But having impressed in several trial top-flight games and delivering consistent displays on a regular basis in the Football League, he was confirmed on the Premier League list for this term following the retirement of Phil Dowd through injury.

Attwell has also refereed three games at Wembley in his career thus far – two of which came in May this year.

He was in the middle for Stockport County’s 3-2 win over Rochdale in the 2008 League Two Play-Off Final before performing well in the FA Vase Final between Hereford and Morpeth Town and Barnsley’s 3-1 win over Millwall in the League One Play-Off Final last season.

The Luton Town supporter, who has markedly improved in recent times to become more lenient, will be hoping to make a positive impression early on in an important season for his future prospects.


Bobby Madley referee (Hull v Sheffield Weds - 28th May 2016)
In the middle: Madley officiated his first game as a referee at Wembley in Hull City’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in May’s Championship Play-Off Final (Picture from Sky Sports)

Bobby Madley will take charge of Tuesday night’s televised tie – the all-Premier League affair between Leicester and Chelsea, the champions of the last two seasons.

The 30-year-old, from West Yorkshire, will be assisted at the King Power Stadium by Scott Ledger (South Yorkshire), Harry Lennard (west Sussex) and fourth official Mike Dean (Wirral).

Madley came under fire last weekend in some quarters after awarding Arsenal a dubious late penalty, which Santi Cazorla converted to earn a 2-1 win over Southampton at the Emirates.

The Huddersfield Town fan has dished out 29 yellow cards and awarded four penalties in six games in all competitions this season but is yet to send a player off.

You can view a full list of EFL Cup third round match official appointments here.

Bobby Madley to referee 2016 Championship Play-Off Final

Bobby Madley will be the referee when Yorkshire rivals Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday meet in the 2016 Championship Play-Off Final on Saturday, May 28, at Wembley.

  •  First match at Wembley as referee for Madley
  •  West Yorkshire official a surprise choice for crucial game
  •  Becomes youngest ref to oversee Championship PO Final
  •  Hull and Sheffield Wednesday aiming for Premier League 
Bobby Madley in action (Man City v Stoke - 23rd April 2016)
Up and coming: Madley is only in his third season on the full-time Premier League list but is now a Fifa referee (Picture from Sky Sports)

BOBBY Madley will take charge of the 2016 SkyBet Championship Play-Off Final between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, May 28.

The 30-year-old, from west Yorkshire, has been confirmed by the Football League to oversee the Wembley showpiece as the Tigers and the Owls battle to join Burnley and Middlesbrough in the Premier League.

He will be ably assisted by Simon Bennett (Staffordshire) and Peter Kirkup (Northamptonshire).

The fourth official was Roger East (Wiltshire) – who fulfilled the same role in last season’s Play-Off Final between Norwich and Middlesbrough and replaced Phil Gibbs who was a late withdrawal.

The reserve assistant is Marc Perry, from the West Midlands.

Madley could be considered a surprise choice for a crucial game between two Yorkshire rivals as a result of his Yorkshire connections – particularly after Kevin Friend was removed from a Tottenham game recently because of his allegiance to their Premier League title rivals Leicester.

Given the high stakes and intense pressure, the Championship Play-Off Final is normally awarded to more experienced officials with so much at stake – with Mike Jones the favourite among refereeing circles.

But the trend appears to have been defied this year with the appointment of Madley, who has not even refereed 50 Premier League games yet.

The Ossett-based whistler has already visited the national stadium this season as fourth official for the Capital One Cup Final between Liverpool and Manchester City in March.

He only joined the National List of referees in 2010 but has made plenty of progress since.

Madley sent off three players on his Premier League debut when West Brom beat Southampton 3-0 at St Mary’s in April 2013 before being promoted to the Select Group of referees for the 2013-14 campaign.

He had only handled 17 top-flight games in his first two seasons but has overseen 26 this term and was entrusted with several high-profile matches this term, including a first Wear-Tyne and Merseyside derbies.

Madley, the younger brother of Football League referee Andy, 32, was also elevated to Fifa status in January 2016.

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He has overseen three Championship games this term – one being Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-1 home draw with Ipswich on April 16 in which he dished out four bookings.

Madley has not encountered Hull since their 2-0 FA Cup third round defeat to Arsenal in January 2015.

Overall, he brandished 104 yellow cards, sent off eight players and awarded 14 penalties – more than any other Premier League referee – in 36 games in all competitions this season.

Madley has previously officiated 34 Championship games in his career – dishing out three bookings per game on average.

The match – the first of the three Football League Play-Off Finals over the Bank Holiday weekend – is at 17:00 BST and screened live on Sky Sports 1.

Promotion to the top-flight for either side is believed to be worth up to £200 million when next year’s improved TV deal kicks in.

Steve Bruce’s Hull can secure an immediate return to the top-flight with victory in their first Play-Off Final since 2008.

The Tigers, who finished fourth in the regular season, beat Derby County 3-0 in the first leg of their semi-final before losing 2-0 at home in the second leg.

Both league meetings between the sides this season ended in draws but Wednesday can guarantee a first Premier League return since 2000 with a win in their first trip to Wembley in 23 years.

The Owls beat Brighton 3-1 over two legs in the semi-finals after finishing sixth in the Championship in head coach Carlos Carvalhal’s debut season at Hillsborough.

Kevin Friend to referee Preston v Burnley derby

Kevin Friend will take charge of the Lancashire derby between Preston North End and Burnley at Deepdale on Friday night.

Kevin Friend speaks to Jon Obi Mikel
Busy weekend: Friend will also be the fourth official for Aston Villa’s Premier League game with Southampton on Saturday (Picture from Sky Sports)

PREMIER League referee Kevin Friend will take charge of the televised SkyBet Championship clash between Preston North End and Burnley on Friday night.

The 44-year-old will be in the middle at Deepdale as the promotion-chasing Clarets make the 25-mile trip across Lancashire to face mid-table Preston (KO 19:45 BST, live on Sky Sports 1).

He will be assisted by Select Group linesmen Richard West (East Yorkshire) and Marc Perry (West Midlands), while the fourth official is Andy Madley (West Yorkshire).

Friend has been the subject of divisive opinion recently after being removed from Spurs’ top-flight game at Stoke on Monday because of his perceived support of title rivals Leicester.

In the middle: Friend handled his 18th Premier League game of the season when Newcastle drew with City live on TV on Tuesday night (Picture from Sky Sports)
In the middle: Friend handled his 18th Premier League game of the season when Newcastle drew with City live on TV on Tuesday night (Picture from Sky Sports)

The Leicester-based official has attended games with friends at the King Power Stadium but is a Bristol City fan.

The decision, seemingly swayed by Spurs fans raising doubts on social media, has been praised in some quarters but criticised by others who believe the PGMOL have set a dangerous precedent and questioned the referee’s integrity.

Friend instead replaced Anthony Taylor as referee for Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa last Saturday and oversaw Newcastle’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Tuesday night.

Before the aforementioned encounter at St James’ Park, he had dished out 80 yellow cards, sent off six players and awarded six penalties in 28 games across five competitions this term.

Kevin Friend stats 2015-16
Stats: How Friend’s season has panned out so far (Picture from

Friend was hospitalised with concussion last month after a nasty fall into the dugout when fourth official for Bournemouth’s win over Southampton and was subsequently replaced as referee for Southampton v Sunderland.

He was also the man in black for the reverse fixture at Turf Moor in December when he booked five players during Preston’s 2-0 victory.

His only other fixture between the sides was a dramatic one in September 2010 at Turf Moor in the second-tier.

The Bristol-born whistler sent off Preston’s Billy Jones with the visitors leading 3-1 on 78 minutes before an astonishing late turnaround saw the Clarets win 4-3 in a thrilling contest.

It led to a three-game touchline ban for then Preston boss Darren Ferguson, who confronted the official in the tunnel afterwards.

Friend also encountered Burnley in their 1-1 draw with Leeds at Elland Road on the opening weekend.

Kevin Friend points to the spot (Derby v Watford)
Dropping down: Friend will take control of his sixth Championship game of the season (Picture from Sky Sports)

It will be his first visit to Deepdale since the final day of the 2011-12 season, Preston’s 2-2 draw with Charlton in League One.

In February, Friend irked Norwich boss Alex Neil after sarcastically saying “it’s my fault you’ve lost the game” following a 3-0 defeat by Spurs, in which he gave Tottenham a penalty and failed to give the Canaries a spotkick.

He also opted to book Mathieu Flamini rather than send off the Arsenal midfielder for a two-footed challenge on Bournemouth’s Dan Gosling early on in the Gunners’ 2-0 win at the Vitality Stadium.

Friend’s most high-profile appointments to date were the 2012 Community Shield at Villa Park and 2013 Capital One Cup Final at Wembley – in which he issued a red card in both.

He sent off Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic for a two-footed lunge in their 3-2 defeat by Manchester City and Bradford keeper Matt Duke for a professional foul as the then League Two club lost 5-0 to Swansea.

Friend, who has been refereeing for 30 years since the age of 14, was also in charge of the 2009 FA Vase Final at the national stadium when Glossop North End lost 2-0 to Whitley Bay.

He has been on the Select Group list of full-time referees since the start of the 2009-10 season, handling his first top-flight game in September 2009 as Wolves beat Fulham 2-1 at Molineux.

Friend has since gone on to officiate over 130 Premier League matches and established himself on the list.

Andy Madley awards free-kick (Lge One PO Final - 24th May 2015)
Fourth official: Andy Madley refereed Preston’s 4-0 win over Swindon in last season’s League One Play-Off Final at Wembley (Picture from Sky Sports)

Second-placed Burnley enter the first match of the Football League weekend two points behind leaders Middlesbrough and are level on 84 points with Brighton in third.

Preston lie 10th, two points adrift of ninth-placed Birmingham, with three games remaining but are winless in four games since a 2-1 Lancashire derby win at Blackburn.

Craig Pawson to referee Manchester United v Arsenal

Referee Craig Pawson will take charge of Manchester United’s Premier League encounter with Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday (KO 14:05 GMT).

Craig Pawson in action (Leicester v Man United - 28th Nov 2015)
Last encounter: Pawson was in the middle for United’s 1-1 draw at Leicester in November (Picture from Sky Sports)

CRAIG Pawson will take charge of Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford this weekend.

The 36-year-old Fifa referee, from South Yorkshire, will be in the middle for Sunday’s encounter between the two English football heavyweights (KO 14:05 GMT, live on Sky Sports).

He will be assisted by linesmen Lee Betts (Norfolk) and Marc Perry (West Midlands), while Mike Dean – who handled last season’s corresponding fixture – is the fourth official.

This is arguably the biggest top-flight game that Pawson, a Select Group official since 2013, has officiated to date.

The Sheffield-based whistler will also be on fourth official duties next week for Sunderland v Crystal Palace on Tuesday and Liverpool’s Capital One Cup final re-match with Manchester City at Anfield on Wednesday.

Pawson has officiated 33 games in all competitions this term – including 19 in the Premier League, six in the Europa League, three FA Cup ties and three televised Championship matches.

He has brandished 84 yellow cards, awarded three penalties and sent off three players – with two of the three red cards coming in his last three games, for Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles and Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson.

Craig Pawson in action (Sunderland v Spurs - 13th Sept 2015)
Recent game: Pawson dished out three yellow cards in Crystal Palace’s 1-0 FA Cup fifth round win at Tottenham last weekend (Picture from Sky Sports)

Pawson handled Arsenal’s 5-2 win at Leicester in September and goalless draw at Stoke in January, while it will be his second visit to the Theatre of Dreams this term after United’s goalless draw with Newcastle in August.

He will hope for a similarly easy game to Anthony Taylor, who handled Arsenal’s 3-0 win over United at the Emirates back in October in which the Gunners scored all three goals in the opening 20 minutes.

Pawson has impressed during a rapid rise since being promoted to the Select Group at the start of 2013-14 season after proving his ability in five seasons in the Football League, the 2012 League One play-off final and a trial Premier League game in March 2013.

The highly-rated official recently oversaw his 50th top-flight match in West Ham’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City at Upton Park – in which he awarded City a penalty and booked Martin Demichelis for a foul many thought deserved red for denying a goalscoring opportunity.

Craig Pawson speaks to Steve Evans (v M'boro - 15th Feb 2016)
Experienced: Pawson first took up the whistle in 1993 and progressed through the Sheffield and Hallamshire leagues (Picture from Sky Sports)

Pawson was also recognised for his progress in January 2015 by being elevated on to Fifa status – one of seven English officials currently on the international list.

Last season, he was fourth official for both the Capital One Cup and FA Cup Finals at Wembley, and flew to Singapore last summer with Jon Moss to referee at the Barclays Asia Trophy and educate Asian officials.

Pawson is also set to be part of either Martin Atkinson or Mark Clattenburg’s team of officials at Euro 2016 in France this summer.

Before Sunday’s game, he will be an additional assistant referee for the Champions League last-16 first leg match between Juventus and Bayern Munich in Turin on Tuesday night.

United head into the weekend fifth in the table, 10 points behind third-placed Arsenal, who are two points adrift of leaders Leicester City with 12 league games to play.

Simpson to referee televised Meadow Lane game

Jeremy Simpson and Roger East will be on duty this Sunday for the televised SkyBet League Two double header as Exeter face Stevenage and Notts County tackle leaders Plymouth.

Jeremy Simpson in action (Northampton v York - February 2015)
Last weekend: Simpson was the man in black for Derby’s 2-0 win over Brentford in the Championship in which he issued six yellow cards

JEREMY Simpson has been confirmed as the referee for Sunday’s televised SkyBet League Two clash between Notts County and Plymouth Argyle.

The 40-year-old will take charge as Derek Adams’s league leaders travel to Meadow Lane hoping to extend their two-point lead at the top of the fourth tier against mid-table County (KO 2:30pm, live on Sky Sports).

He will be assisted by linesmen Mark Griffiths (South Yorkshire) and Chris Isherwood (Lancashire) while the fourth official is Chris Kavanagh (Manchester).

The Lancashire-based whistler – who is in his fifth season on the Football League list – will oversee his 11th game of the season in all competitions this weekend.

Simpson has also been appointed to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Section clash between League One sides Rochdale and Chesterfield at Spotland on Tuesday night.

He has already handled three in the Championship, three in League One and two in League Two as well as Notts County’s 2-1 Capital One Cup first round win over Huddersfield in August.

Simpson sent off County midfielder Gills Swert at the John Smith’s Stadium – one of two red cards he has brandished with the other the dubious dismissal of Wolves’ Conor Coady in their goalless draw with Brighton.

He has also brandished 37 yellow cards so far and awarded one penalty – which also came in the aforementioned Championship game at Molineux.

Simpson – who has been fourth official for five games too this term – will make his first trip to Meadow Lane since Notts’ goalless draw with Coventry in April in the third-tier.

But it will be the first time he encounters Plymouth in his professional career which began with a Blue Square Premier fixture between York and Stevenage at the start of the 2008-09 season.

Simpson was promoted to the National List in 2010/11 and has mainly officiated in League One and League Two but has controlled 15 Championship games with his first coming in February 2013.

He was also the man in the middle for the 2012 Conference Play-Off Final at Wembley as York City beat Luton Town 2-1 to gain promotion for the first time since 2004.

Ricardo Moniz’s Notts County have won their last four home games in all competitions but languish in 16th place while the Pilgrims have won four, drawn one and lost one of their six away games this term.

Roger East referee (Norwich v Ipswich PO SF 2nd leg - 16th May 2015)
Last time: East’s previous Exeter game was their 3-0 loss at Plymouth 16 months ago while his last Stevenage match was also a 3-0 defeat – at Preston in September 2013 (Picture from Sky Sports)

Roger East will take charge of the other SkyBet League Two clash live on Sky Sports on Sunday when Exeter welcome Stevenage for the lunchtime game (KO 12:15pm).

The 50-year-old Premier League referee has officiated six games across all the divisions so far – with his only red card shown in his previous League Two match between Portsmouth and Morecambe in August to Pompey’s Enda Stevens.

He will be assisted at St James’s Park by Select Group linesmen Simon Long (Devon) and Marc Perry (West Midlands) while Football League whistler Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire) will be on fourth official duties.

The Wiltshire-based whistler started the season with three Football League games before handling two top-flight matches and the Capital One Cup tie between Sunderland and Manchester City.

Overall, he has brandished 21 yellow cards so far and awarded just one penalty which Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson converted in their 3-1 defeat at Southampton last month.

East – who has been on the Premier League list since the 2012/13 season – has also been used as a fourth official four times including twice last weekend at Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat by Southampton and Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Manchester United.

He is widely remembered for for dismissing Wes Brown rather than John O’Shea in Sunderland’s 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford back in March – despite his insistence in a PGMOL statement that he sent the correct man off.

East was involved in last season’s Championship play-offs – overseeing the semi-final second leg between Norwich and Ipswich before performing fourth official duties at the Wembley final.

Andre Marriner to referee Tottenham v Manchester City

ANDRE Marriner will take charge of Tottenham’s Premier League encounter with champions Manchester City at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Andre Marriner with assistants (Dover v C Palace FA Cup - 4th Jan 2015)
Sidelines: Marriner will also be the fourth official for Leicester’s match with Newcastle on Saturday lunchtime (Picture from BT Sport)

ANDRE Marriner will take charge of Tottenham’s Premier League encounter with champions Manchester City at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

The 44-year-old from the West Midlands will be in the middle for a key European battle as Spurs look to catch Liverpool in fifth place while City seek to cement second spot in the table.

He will be assisted in north London by linesmen Scott Ledger (South Yorkshire) and Marc Perry (West Midlands) – both of whom were at Wembley last month for the FA Trophy Final – while Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire) is the fourth official.

Marriner was largely out of favour with the PGMOL in the first half of the campaign and did not receive a top-flight appointment until October but has gone on to referee 18 Premier League games – including Everton’s 3-0 win over Manchester United at Goodison Park last weekend.

He has had a busy campaign with 31 games in all competitions including several games as an additional assistant referee for both Mark Clattenburg and Martin Atkinson in the Champions League.

Andre Marriner collects the ball (Everton v Man United - 26th April 2015)
European elite: Marriner has also overseen a Champions League qualifier and Europa League group game this term (Picture from Sky Sports)

The Sheldon-based whistler has brandished 111 yellow cards so far, sent off two players (only one in the Premier League) and awarded three penalties.

Marriner has officiated four Championship and two League Two matches this term but has not dropped down into the Football League since February when overseeing Leeds’ surprise 1-0 win at Middlesbrough.

He has since handled seven top-flight games and the goalless FA Cup quarter-final draw between Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers at Anfield.

Andre Marriner shows 1 added min (W Ham 1-1 Man Utd - 8th Feb 2015)
Electronic board duties: Marriner was the fourth official for the recent FA Cup semi-final between Reading and Arsenal at Wembley (Picture from Sky Sports)

The Birmingham City supporter is no stranger to this particular fixture having overseen last season’s corresponding fixture in which he sent off Tottenham’s Danny Rose and awarded City a penalty which Yaya Toure converted in their 5-1 victory.

He was also in the middle on the opening weekend of the 2010/11 campaign for a largely incident-free goalless draw.

Marriner has already refereed both teams twice this term having encountered Spurs in the Capital One Cup against Nottingham Forest and Newcastle.

He did, however, put in questionable performances in both City games this season after awarding Manuel Pellegrini’s team a controversial penalty in their 1-0 win over Everton back in December before failing to award them a spotkick in the 1-0 defeat at Burnley last month when Pablo Zabaleta went over Ben Mee in the box.

Andre Marriner - Tottenham v Man City August 2010
Competent: Marriner is deemed as a capable official who is often considered for some high-profile games (Picture from Sky Sports)

Marriner was appointed to the National List of referees in 2003 after three seasons as a Football League linesman and oversaw the first Conference Play-Off Final that year between Dagenham & Redbridge and Doncaster at Stoke’s Britannia Stadium.

He was then promoted to the Select Group two years later following a successful trial game in November 2004.

Marriner was the fourth official for the 2008 Community Shield and joined the Fifa list of international referees in 2009 at the age of 37 – although he will retire from this duty at the mandatory age of 45 next year.

In 2010, he received his first major refereeing appointments when overseeing the Championship Play-Off Final as Blackpool beat Cardiff City and the FA Community Shield involving Manchester United and Chelsea – both at Wembley.

His award to one of the biggest and most-watched Premier League matches of all-time – the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium in April 2012 – was testiment to his form and he was then given the honour of taking charge of the 2013 FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic.

Marriner became only the third referee to issue a red card in the showpiece having dismissed City full-back Zabaleta for a second bookable offence before the Latics’ winner.

Last season, he infamously showed a red card to Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who handballed on the goalline, in Arsenal’s 6-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea but his case of mistaken identity went unpunished by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) and he returned to duty a week later.

Andre Marriner image (Clive Thomas quote on Gibbs red card decision)

Marriner – who handled Hull’s win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi-finals last season – was among the contenders to officiate the 2015 Capital One Cup Final last month but this was awarded instead to Anthony Taylor.

Earlier this month, Marriner reached the landmark of 200 Premier League games when overseeing Chelsea’s 1-0 win at QPR in the west London derby at Loftus Road.

Jon Moss referee (Southampton v Tottenham - 25th April 2015)
Reverse fixture: FA Cup Final 2015 referee Jon Moss awarded four spotkicks in Manchester City’s 4-1 win over Spurs at the Etihad in October (Picture from BT Sport)

Across the capital, sixth-placed Spurs are seven points adrift of the top four after one win in their last four games following a 2-2 draw on Mauricio Pochettino’s return to Southampton last Saturday.

Meanwhile, City – who sit 10 points behind leaders Chelsea having played a game more – have recorded back-to-back home wins over Aston Villa and West Ham following a dismal run of two wins in eight matches in all competitions.

The 16:00 BST kick-off on May 3 is the second part of Sky Sports’ Super Sunday promotion.