Injury forces change to original New Year Premier League appointments


By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor



Referee Andre Marriner's (above) injury has forced alterations to the officiating schedule


The Premier League new year refereeing appointments have had to be shaken up as an injury picked up by FIFA referee Andre Marriner has enforced changes to the schedule for the next few days.

41-year old Select Group match official Marriner picked up the problem whilst training before Christmas and was due to referee Chelsea's West London derby against Fulham on Boxing Day but had to withdraw from the match on Christmas Eve as Kevin Friend got the call to replace him.

Marriner, who has officiated in eight Premier League matches so far this season, was last in the middle on 21st December for Sunderland's 3-2 away victory against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road and was due to take charge of Manchester City's home match with Liverpool tomorrow night at the Etihad Stadium but has announced he will be unfit to carry out his refereeing duties for the game with the set of fixtures already made before the festive period as the PGMO panel met in advance.

Mike Jones, who sent-off two Liverpool players in their embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Tottenham in September, from Cheshire has taken over the role of referee for tomorrow night's match between league leaders City and Kenny Dalglish's Reds.

The re-shuffle also sees Mike Dean take over as referee for Wigan's home match against Sunderland on Tuesday- KO 7:45pm- with the original referee Kevin Friend now fourth official- having refereed Sunderland's 1-0 win over Manchester City on New Years Day.

On Wednesday night, Everton against Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League at Goodison Park will now be officiated by Phil Dowd.


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