Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Bobby Madley quits as Premier League referee after 'change in personal circumstances'

The circumstances over Madley's decision to quit are not yet clear The circumstances over Madley's decision to quit are not yet clear Credit PA
Andrew Wong | 17 August, 2018, 14:54

Bobby Madley has quit his role as a Premier League referee.

Mr Madley, 32, was one of the best performing referees in the league last season and it was hoped would one day become one of the Europe's top officials. It is understood that it could be linked to a video on social media although that could not be confirmed.

"Bobby Madley is no longer employed by PGMOL", the Professional Game Match Officials Limited said in a statement. His departure was not revealed to his peers in the referees' organisation, Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL), until the news broke this afternoon.

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Premier League referee Bobby Madley has made a decision to end his career in English football, it has been confirmed.

His older brother Andrew Madley continues to officiate in the Football League.

Mike Riley is the managing director of PGMOL, and is set to speak with his fellow referees regarding Madley's departure later this week.

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Last season he officiated high profile matches between Manchester United and Chelsea, and Liverpool and Arsenal.

The pool of Premier League referees is now only 17, with a replacement for Madley expected to be announced soon.

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