With the word “scandalous” ringing in the ears of Neil Swarbrick after what was a borderline Bellarin penalty, in the words of Keith Hackett the FA “ducked” a gift-wrapped first Premier League roll-out of the retrospective simulation punishment protocol, or diving panel.

“Watford’s Richarlison undoubtedly dived”, says Keith, who lays out the latest simulation guidelines from the AFA here. He adds: “These were copied from the UEFA and FIFA guidelines and you would like to think that not only are the panel avoiding the temptation to go with their gut over the available information, but that they are all fully up to speed with that information.

“The game is getting faster all the time and we have all had to revise our assumptions since we learned to play the game ourselves. The fact remains that simulation is one of the most difficult aspects of refereeing and what we need to do, as soon as it is workable, is give our referees access to the extra angles that can make all the difference.

“Let’s also remember that the panel only really represents a deterrent that we have not previously had, and for it to actually deter players it will take cases like this where we don’t duck calling the player a cheat. If, on the other hand, it’s less than black and white, the referee should simply still be waving play on.”

Matchday 9 is upon us and we are still denied the services of Anthony Taylor, Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn due to commitments in India.

Therefore, with Paul Tierney, Ian Hussin and Chris Kavanagh all rested in spite of (or because of, who can tell) their midweek UEFA duties, back come Lee Probert, Lee Mason, Roger East, Graham Scott and Jon Moss. Does that mean it’s the naughty step for Madley and Swarbrick? To paraphrase a fictional Prime Minister from House of Cards, “You might very well think that, but we couldn’t possibly comment…”

West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion | 20/10 | 20.00

Assistants: P Kirkup & S Child
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

As 15th plays 14th for a Friday night audience, missing for West Ham will be elbow exponent Andy Carroll, of whom Burnley boss Sean Dyche observed, sage-like: “It was a definite sending off because of the Laws of the game.”
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Martin Atkinson:
Matches in 2017/18: 4 (3 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 0
Yellows: 13 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]
Lucky Brighton need not sweat over the length or otherwise of Carroll’s ban, especially now that German signing Pascal Gross has declared that: “The refs in England don’t whistle that often.” Anyone for tempting fate?

The Seagulls’ top scorer in 1990/91, with 21, was Mike Small, just as Brighton’s current boss Chris Hughton was simultaneously busy making 32 appearances for West Ham before Brentford, retirement and an offer to coach back at Spurs beckoned.

After moving to Upton Park himself, Small eventually found he’d been edged out of the frame by a combination of Trevor Morley, Frank McAvennie and Clive Allen, playing his last game for West Ham in March 1993.

Barking-born Bobby Zamora managed two spells at Brighton, and spent four years at West Ham, which was long enough for him to make 130 appearances and score 30 goals.

Outgoing FIFA ref Martin Atkinson was roundly praised for his handling of last weekend’s Anfield powder-keg, and last refereed West Ham in their defeat at Old Trafford on the opening weekend. YATR’s Keith Hackett felt he should have sent off David Luiz as Jose Mourinho’s United side were demolished 4-0 at Stamford Bridge last season, however.

Chelsea v Watford | 21/10 | 12.30

Assistants: S Bennett & A Halliday
Fourth official: Andre Marriner

Although a passer-by might well take this clash of 5th and 4th as a skirmish between traditional rivals, Watford’s best ever season was, ironically enough, future European Champions Chelsea’s worst. In 1982/3 Watford finished second to Liverpool in Division One and Chelsea 18th in the second, narrowly avoiding relegation.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Jon Moss:
Matches in 2017/18: 6 (3 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 3
Yellows: 20 Reds: 1 [/quote_box_right]
Len Goulden was a Chelsea player, then Watford manager twice between 1952 and 1955, returning to coach in 1959, while Gianfranco Zola, Nathaniel Chalobah, Colin Lee and Gianluca Vialli have all represented both clubs, be that on the pitch or in the dug-out. It was Slavisa Jokanovic, now at Fulham, who secured Watford’s latest promotion, and who played in Chelsea’s midfield next to Zola on numerous occasions as he clocked up 39 appearances.

So many previous Hornets managers played for Chelsea, in fact, that we wouldn’t rule out a self-funded stint for local boy Vinnie Jones in future… you heard it here first!

These clubs never met at all until an FA Cup semi-final 5-1 win at WHL in 1970 on Chelsea’s way to winning the trophy. Ian Hutchinson, Peter Osgood, Dave Webb (the player, not the ref) and Peter Houseman (2) did the damage, while the first league encounter had to wait another nine years and was won for Chelsea at the Bridge by two Gary Johnson goals in a Division Two clash.

In their last game in south-west London, again Chelsea ran out victors to the tune of 4-3, Cesc Fabregas scoring the winner as Sebastian Prodl earned himself a red card and Lee Mason helped Watford’s Jose Holebas equal the Premier League record of 14 yellows in one season, joining Lee Cattermole, Mark Hughes, Robbie Savage and the late Cheick Tiote.

Chelsea were at home to Roma on Wednesday ahead of this encounter rescheduled for a lunchtime television audience, and Watford have never been losing a Premier League game at half-time only to win, until last week, that is.

Assistant Simon Bennett and fourth official Andre Marriner were in Turin on Europa Cup duty with Michael Oliver, while Jon Moss makes his return to the middle hoping to resume the level of consistency which has drawn praise from all quarters so far this season.

Huddersfield Town v Manchester United | 21/10 | 15.00

Assistants: H Lennard & M Wilkes
Fourth official: Kevin Friend

These teams last met at Leeds Road, Huddersfield, in Division One back in October 1971, when the Terriers lost 0-3 to goals, believe it or not, from Law, Charlton and Best. Also playing in red that day and helping United to a league double was graduate Alan Gowling, who was to move to Leeds Road the following summer and stay for three years.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Lee Mason:
Matches in 2017/18: 4 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 3
Yellows: 1 Reds: 7 [/quote_box_right]
In spite of their providing an invaluable grounding for Denis Law, how was he to repay the Terriers but to inflict an FA Cup hat-trick against them in a 5-0 win in 1963 on the road to Wembley, where he scored twice more against Leicester.

The last time Huddersfield won this fixture it was 3-2, in 1952, five years after Jack Rowley scored all four of United’s goals in a thrilling 4-4 draw.

Thomas Ince’s dad, Paul, played for today’s opposition, as did Ben Thornley, who also represented Huddersfield between 1996 and 2001, having started the relationship with a loan deal. Managers Mark Robins (2013-14), Andy Ritchie (2007-08) and Lou Macari (2000-2002) were preceded by Steve Bruce in 1999 and Ian Greaves (1968-74), ex-Reds all.

United head across the Pennines after playing Benfica in Lisbon on Wednesday, the same night one of today’s assistants, Harry Lennard, performed fourth official duties for Michael Oliver in Turin. Veteran Lee Mason was officiating at Oakwell last weekend and failed to impress the watching Dean Mohareb, as viewers of the Ref Show will have noted.

Manchester City v Burnley | 21/10 | 15.00

Assistants: C Hatzidikis & S Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Bobby Madley

It’s now 21 games at home unbeaten in all competitions for the Premier League leaders, including the narrow win over current Serie A top dogs Napoli on Tuesday, in the Champions League.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Roger East:
Matches in 2017/18: 3 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 4
Yellows: 12 Reds: 0 [/quote_box_right]
Burnley sit proudly in 7th place, however, and bitterly recall last November when City may have won 2-1 at Turf Moor thanks to two Sergio Aguero goals overtaking Dean Marney’s successful long range strike, but a Nicolas Otamendi challenge on Jeff Hendrick in the penalty area went unpunished by Andre Marriner. The tables were turned in the return at the Etihad, and City were even reduced to ten men, only for the final score to remain the same.

Adrian Heath, long lost to MLS, played for City and managed the Clarets. Joey Barton, Gerry Gow, Stephen Jordan and Mike Summerbee pulled on both shirts in their time, while the managerial connection is not restricted to living memory, and the stints of John Bond and John Benson in charge at Maine Road and Turf Moor.

No, that would be to ignore the illustrious career of Ernest Mangnall, Burnley boss from 1900-1903, before managing Manchester United to set up the unique double he completed by taking over at City in 2012 and lasting 12 years, which would be unthinkable today.

In December, 2001 in Division One (now the Championship), City won 5-1 with York ref Matt Messias in charge. He only booked Russian-born Greek sub Dimitrios Papadopoulos and Cameroonian Lucien Mettomo as City closed the gap on league leaders Burnley to a single point, aided by a penalty miss from Glen Little.

Stuart AttwellNewcastle United v Crystal Palace | 21/10 | 15.00

Assistants: S Long & A Garratt
Fourth official: Mike Dean

Some time after the contrasting reigns of Roy Hodgson and Rafa Benitez at Anfield, Alan Pardew voluntarily left his job at SJP for Selhurst Park in December 2014, having spent four eventful years at Newcastle following his usurping of Chris Hughton in 2010.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Stuart Attwell:
Matches in 2017/18: 3 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 4
Yellows: 9 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]
Yohan Cabaye and Andros Townsend (the latter claiming four goals in 13 games and yet to reach that total after 43 games with Palace) followed, albeit indirectly, in Pardew’s footsteps.

Dwight Gayle’s father-in-law happens to be a Toon fan who insisted he grab that iconic number 9 shirt when he made the reverse journey to help Newcastle bounce back after relegation under Benitez.
Talking of parents, Carlton Cole has a Sierra Leonean mum and Nigerian dad yet the 33-year-old holds the record of seven England appearances without ever starting. At least he has scored against Newcastle in a West Ham shirt, both in 2007 and 2013.

Sam Allardyce, of course, had managed in the wake of Pardew at Upton as well as Selhurst Park, while it worked the other way round with the Magpies. Palace’s Connor Wickham, currently injured, celebrated his Sunderland debut in the Tyne and Wear derby of August, 2011. Why Loic Remy, another former Mag, was let go to Spain with Wickham and subsequently Benteke out for months, well before Cole’s hurried recruitment, is anyone’s guess.

Newcastle have won 25, drawn seven and lost nine to Palace in all, the first of those nine taking the form of a 1-0 SJP defeat in the FA Cup way back in 1907. In a 3-3 classic, again at St James Park, Gayle was among the Palace scorers with his goal timed at 31 secs in August, 2014.
What will it take to trust Mr Attwell with a televised fixture by the way? Call it a nod to succession planning, but he’s earned it.

Lee Probert

Stoke City v Bournemouth | 21/10 | 15.00

Assistants: A Holmes & D Eaton
Fourth official: Jeremy Simpson

Not many have revelled in the distinction of pulling on the famous shirt of both these clubs but that distinction can be claimed by Trinidad & Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones, currently on the books of Atlanta United in MLS.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Lee Probert:
Matches in 2017/18: 2 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 1
Yellows: 1 Reds: 0 [/quote_box_right]
Tony Pulis would be the more obvious connection, however, having managed Stoke for considerably longer than Jones stuck around. Pulis was not only at Dean Court from 1992 to 1994 as manager but also from 1986 to 1992 as a player, not forgetting 16 Gillingham appearances within that period by way of interruption.

When Bournemouth won 1-0 with a Nathan Ake goal at the Britannia last season, Bojan missed a penalty as Charlie Adam, Joe Allen, Wilfred Bony, Adam Federici and Dan Gosling all got booked by Roger East alongside Harry Arter, whose ‘horror lunge’ at Allen in the May return fixture left Paul Tierney open to the charge of extreme leniency.

The very first encounter between the clubs presently occupying 17th and 19th in the Premier League respectively, ended in a 2-1 Stoke win in the League Cup back in November 1963, but revenge was sweet, eventually, as AFCB recorded a 4-0 win over Stoke in February, 1999.

Fourth official Simpson, from Lancashire, has clocked up nine Championship fixtures so far this season, and was in the middle last week at Elland Road while today’s referee Lee Probert was opting not to apply advantage at Brentford.

Swansea City v Leicester City | 21/10 | 15.00

Assistants: S Burt & M McDonough
Fourth official: Andy Davies

A club who had three managers last season hosts a team with three managers in eight months and counting, Craig Shakespeare having been axed four months after he signed a three-year contract. It’s a rare clash of English coaches as 13th meets 18th today in Wales, then, and caretaker Michael Appleton has been around the League One and Two block long enough to be no novice.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Michael Oliver:
Matches in 2017/18: 7 (6 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 1
Yellows: 26 Reds: 2 [/quote_box_right]
Last season’s corresponding fixture was in fact Claudio Ranieri’s last game in charge of Leicester, and Robert Huth was thought lucky by some that Jon Moss allowed him to stay on the pitch and see his side lose to goals from Mawson and Olsson.

History offers us successive 6-1 home wins with the honours shared in 1965 and 1966, the first of which went Leicester’s way, thanks to a Willie Gardner hat-trick in the old Division Two.

The first time Swansea played Leicester as City and not Town, however, came in September 1979, when two Dennis Rofe goals saw the Foxes triumph, again in Division Two.

Having been with the Swans since 2009, Wiltshire-born Nathan Dyer chose a good season to go on loan at Leicester, contributing one goal from his 12 appearances in their title-winning campaign.
Michael Oliver was on duty in Turin midweek and took his assistant today, Stuart Burt, with him, as per usual.

Graham Scott
Graham Scott gets his third Premier League appointment of the season this weekend

Southampton v West Bromwich Albion | 21/10 | 17.30

Assistants: R West & M Scholes
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

Saints striker Shane Long made 87 Baggies appearances and notched 22 goals, one of which came at St Mary’s, and the Irishman played with West Brom’s January signing, Jake Cyril Livermore, at Hull for seven months, to boot.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Graham Scott:
Matches in 2017/18: 3 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 4
Yellows: 6 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]
Jay Rodriguez and Chris Baird are two visitors who will not need showing around, with the latter having spent nine years at Southampton in all.

Craig Dawson and Ryan Bertrand were team-mates in Great Britain’s Olympics team of 2012 under the stewardship of Stuart Pearce, while Saints defender and recent call-up Jan Bednarek, signed from Lech Poznan, and WBA’s midfield loan signing from PSG, Grzegorz Krycowiak, will both hope to represent Poland in Russia next summer.

On New Year’s Eve last season VVD received a second yellow from Mike Jones for fouling Salomon Rondon as Saints succumbed to a great Hal Robson-Kanu winner after holding the lead for under a minute.

Eleventh face the Premier League’s 10th-placed side in this late kick-off for the cameras and Graham Scott will have the latest colleague to be in the eye of the media storm supporting him as fourth official, Neil Swarbrick having penalised Bellerin of Arsenal on live TV last week.

Craig Pawson

Everton v Arsenal | 22/10 | 13.30

Assistants: L Betts & E Smart
Fourth official: Bobby Madley

Arsenal faced Red Star in the white city of Belgrade, or should that be Crvena Zvezda in Beograd, prior to their trip to Merseyside, while Everton played host to Lyon.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Craig Pawson:
Matches in 2017/18: 7 (4 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 5
Yellows: 27 Reds: 2[/quote_box_right]
The Gunners’ run is still the longest in the highest division, lasting since 1919, but then Everton’s 64th straight season at the top is not to be sniffed at, and the first of 208 previous meetings between the clubs was in April, 1905… a 1-0 Everton win courtesy of a Sandy Young goal.

Brian Kidd, Alan Ball, Franny Jeffers, Richard Wright, Martin Known, Pat Jennings, Mikel Arteta (who these days sits next to Kidd on the MCFC bench) and Stephen Hughes all represented both sides as players, while there was ample speculation that Olivier Giroud would join their number before the last transfer deadline passed.

Last time out, in December 2016, Everton won 2-1 by coming from behind despite Phil Jagielka seeing red after receiving two yellow cards from Mark Clattenburg.

Arsenal have conceded 11 penalties, four more than any other Premier League team, a fact sure to be noted in advance by referee Craig Pawson. Eddie Smart (fourth official on the night) Lee Betts (assistant) and Bobby Madley (AAR) accompanied Pawson to Turkey during the week, as if to complete the sense of today’s Europa League ‘derby’ atmosphere.

Andre Marriner

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool | 22/10 | 16.00

Assistants: S Beck & S Ledger
Fourth official: Mike Jones

Ballon D’Or nominee Harry Kane is yet to score at Wembley in the league (after 28 attempts on goal), so has he been saving one up?
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Andre Marriner:
Matches in 2017/18: 6 (4 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 5
Yellows: 16 Reds: 1 [/quote_box_right]
Spurs returned from the Bernabeu on Tuesday, the same night Liverpool flew back from Slovenia having played in the same competition.

Today’s 8th-placed visitors’ last Wembley engagement resulted in a defeat on penalties at the hands of Manchester City in the 2016 League Cup Final, with Michael Oliver in the middle.
A far happier bygone Wembley encounter saw Liverpool retain the same trophy in 1982 against today’s opposition, with a 3-1 win after extra time despite having gone behind to a Steve Archibald goal. The big Geordie, Peter Willis, was in charge.

Robbie Keane, Ray Clemence, John Scales, one-time coaching item Graeme Souness & Doug Livermore, Ronnie Rosenthal, Orvind Leonaardsen, Christian Ziege, Paul Stewart, Neil Ruddock, Danny Murphy, Brad Friedl and Nick Barmby all represented both sides.

The first meeting was in November, 1909, won by a single goal from Spurs’ Geordie winger, Herbert Middlemiss, while the last finished 1-1 as Danny Rose equalised a James Milner penalty on Joel Matip’s debut. Bobby Madley cautioned five Liverpool and three Spurs players that day in August, 2016.

Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel were both dismissed by Mike Jones for giving Gareth Bale a torrid time back in 2011, while yellow was the colour for the Uruguayans Sebastian Coates and Luis Suarez, plus Emmanuel Adebayor for the home side, to go with his two goals that built on Jermain Defoe and Luka Modric efforts in a 4-0 win.

Outgoing FIFA ref Andre Marriner was one of Michael Oliver’s AARs in Turin in midweek, but has Wembley experience in the shape of the 2013 FA Cup Final and February’s EFL Cup Final between Southampton and Manchester United. He has also taken an FA semi-final there between Hull and Sheffield United, the play-off final won by Blackpool in 2010 and the Community Shield of the same year.


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