Match Officials For This Weekend’s English Premier League Matches
English Premier League’s biggest match this weekend is the clash between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on Saturday at 7.30 pm Kenyan time. The game will be officiated by one of the Premier League’s top center referees, Martin Atkinson. Most Red Devils fans believe the 49-year-old match official is always out to frustrate them if their previous games under him are anything to go by. At least Chelsea fans will be relieved it’s not Mark Clattenburg in charge of this fixture. Atkinson, who is from Bradford, is a fan of Leeds United.
Referee Craig Pawson will take charge of the Arsenal v Leicester match at the Emirates starting 10 pm this Sunday. The 41-year-old from South Yorkshire is believed to like Arsenal. This was evident in a recent game between Liverpool and Arsenal, where Pawson looked disappointed after Alexandre Lacazette missed a clear goal-scoring opportunity. The FIFA-listed match official is said to be a fan of Sheffield United and is yet to be embroiled in major match controversies.
The Liverpool v Sheffield United fixture will be officiated by the humorous, theatrical, and jovial, Mike Dean. The 52-year-old is reported to be among the best referees in England, behind Atkinson and Micheal Oliver. The Tranmere Rovers fan has not missed his fair share of controversies. He is said to have a soft spot for Tottenham Hotspur and has been spotted several times celebrating goals scored during the North London derby. Dean is also famous for his no-look booking which he once did during a Merseyside derby and also his weird act of sniffing his assistant before a Manchester derby game.
Chelsea fans will be happy that Anthony Taylor will officiate the West Ham v Manchester City game in Saturday’s early kick-off. The Blues will never forgive him for their loss to Arsenal in the 2-1 FA Cup Final win. In fact, he broke the refereeing tradition in England by becoming the first man to be in charge of a second FA Cup final since Arthur Kingscott in 1901. The 42-year-old FIFA-listed referee is said to be a fan of Altrincham.
In the other games, Kevin Friend will be at the center of the Southampton v Everton fixture, while Graham Scott will be in charge of the game between Fulham and Crystal Palace. The Wolves v Newcastle match will be officiated by Lee Mason, while Jonathan Moss and Michael Oliver will ref the Monday matches: Brighton v West Brom and Burnley v Tottenham.