Referee Bobby Madley has quit the Premier League at the age of 32.
Madley refereed the 2017 Community Shield, and has been officiating in the Premier League since 2013.
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The Telegraph’s Sam Wallace reports that Madley’s resignation could be due to off-the-field controversy. His departure takes the list of league referees down to 17.
According to the Premier League officials organization, PGMOL, “Bobby Madley is no longer employed by PGMOL. We understand that he has decided to relocate due to a change in his personal circumstances.”
He had recently become eligible to officiate Europa League, Champions League, and international fixtures, making the timing of his departure even more unusual.
From The Telegraph:
The 32-year-old was on the Fifa list and one of those whom the Premier League had hoped would become one of Europe’s leading referees and the circumstances around his departure are still unclear. It is understood that it could be linked to a video on social media although that could not be confirmed.
Marko Arnautovic‘s two goal day looked set to lift David Moyes‘ West Ham United to another win, but a wild ending got wilder as Bournemouth came back to draw West Ham 3-3 at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday.
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Arnautovic scored twice to turn a 2-1 deficit into a brief lead, one that was put level when Nathan Ake‘s header was apparently handled on its way over the goal line by a borderline onside Callum Wilson.
Linesman Simon Long raised his flag, but referee Bobby Madley allowed the goal following a conversation. Arnautovic and the Irons were furious, and the Cherries gained a point.
Wilson called it a “touch of magic,” but the visitors clearly felt differently. From the BBC:
“It can’t be a goal for Bournemouth and it has to be a red card for Bournemouth, but that is football. I don’t know if I can he happy for the one point as the referee took three points from us. The mistake was the referee went to the linesman. He knows he made a mistake, but we all make mistakes. We have to believe, we are not in a brilliant position, but we have a lot of games to go and we can turn things around.”
Manager David Moyes was a little more restrained, but not much.
“I don’t know why he would not go with his linesman’s decision,” he said. “The offside could be close, the linesman gives it as an offside goal but the worst thing is the Bournemouth player puts it in with the top of his arm so it should be ruled out for that. For both decisions to be ruled out is disappointing.”
The offside was close, and even slow motion makes it difficult to tell whether the ball turned off Wilson’s arm, but either one of the perceived offenses is enough to enrage a West Ham supporter desperate for breathing room from the relegation zone.
Newcastle United is thin at center back already, which makes the red card given to Fabricio Coloccini in Sunday’s derby loss to Sunderland hard to stomach.
Many understand referee Bobby Madley’s decision to award a penalty kick to Sunderland for Coloccini’s shoulder barge into onrushing Steven Fletcher, but public opinion seems to be on the Magpies’ captain’s side when it comes the red card awarded for denial of a goal-scoring opportunity.
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Goalkeeper Rob Elliot was close to scooping the ball up when Fletcher flailed his arms and hit the turf. DOGSO? Maybe not, and Newcastle is protesting the decision.
From the BBC:
A Regulatory Commission will hear the appeal on Tuesday afternoon.
If the dismissal stands, the defender will miss Newcastle’s home game with Stoke on Saturday.
We expect the suspension to stand, though Madley’s peculiar performance bears another mention. Madley dealt out three yellow cards to NUFC, while giving noted hard man Lee Cattermole multiple verbal warnings but no cards.