Monday, 29 December 2014


ONE of the Barclays  Premier League's youngest referees will be in charge of the New Year's Day match between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

Robert Madley from Wakefield in West Yorkshire was  29 in October.

His first top-flight match was in April, 2013,  at St Mary's Stadium when he sent off two players of home side Southampton and one of  visitors WBA.

On September 24, this season, he  took charge of the Capital One Cup match at Selhurst Park in which Crystal Palace lost 3-2 to Newcastle United.

He has not been in the middle for any Villa matches this season but was at Goodison Park on February 1 last season for their 2-1 defeat by Everton.

For Thursday's match, Mark Clattenburg will be fourth official.

The other  New Year's Day Barclays Premier League appointments are as follows:

Stoke v Man U: Michael Oliver
Hull v Everton: Kevin Friend
Liverpool v Leicester: Mike Jones
Man City v Sunderland: Chris Foy
Newcastle v Burnley: Mike Dean
QPR v Swansea: Anthony Taylor 
Southampton v Arsenal: Craig Pawson
West Ham v West Brom: Jonathan Moss
Spurs v Chelsea: Phil Dowd

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