Change of Match Officials at Premier League Games

By Alex Byrom
Referees Editor 

There has been a change of officials for Premier League games this week (9th-11th April). 

This is due to the mistakes that occured during the preceding game week (7-8th April) where certain incidents happened that the PGMOL and Premier League have found hard to explain. 

Dave Bryan has been withdrawn from service for 2 weeks. He missed two blatant offsides as Chelsea got a late winner to beat Wigan 2-1 at Stamford Bridge - although both Chelsea's goals were offside. Ivanovic and Mata were the scorers - with the latter in stoppage time. He was set to be linesman at Ewood Park for the match between Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool - but has been replaced by Mick McDonough. 

Lancashire referee Lee Mason has also been withdrawn. He won't get a match in the Premier League this weekend; he's 4th Official at the FA Cup Semi-Final between Liverpool and Everton on Saturday KO: 12:30pm. 

However, it has been rumoured that he will not get a match next weekend either. Of course, it was unfortunate that he has been blamed for a decision that was the consequence of another decision not given. Linesman Dean Ceri Richards flagged Ashley Young onside which led to a touch from Clint Hill and a penalty to Manchester United and a red card for the QPR captain. 

Both he and Richards have not been awarded a a match this weekend. But even more surprising is that Mason has been taken off his proposed match between rivals Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium. He will be replaced by Kevin Friend of Leicestershire with the linesman and 4th official remaining the same.  

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