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Michael Oliver to take charge of visit from The Hornets

Match Officials confirmed for Friday's Watford clash

8 December 2021

Referee: Michael Oliver 

Assistants: Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett 

Fourth official: Mike Dean 

VAR: Jarred Gillett

Assistant VAR: Dan Cook

One of the most high-profile officials in Europe, Michael Oliver returns to TW8 for his second Brentford outing of the season, his first our memorable opening day win over Arsenal.

Son of Football League Referee, Clive Oliver, the Northumberland official took up the whistle at the age of 14. Eight years later he was officiating the Conference Play-Off Final at Wembley, becoming the youngest man to referee a game at the National Stadium. 

He progressed through the ranks to take the League One Play-Off final in 2009 and became the youngest top-flight referee when he oversaw Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers in August 2010, aged 25. 

In 2016, Oliver was appointed to the UEFA list of Champions League referees, four years after his addition to the FIFA list. The summer saw Oliver take charge of three games at Euro 2020. He was the man in the middle for the Group Stage matches between Hungary and France and Sweden and Poland before sending off Switzerland's Remo Freuler in their Quarter-Final defeat to Spain on penalties.

His first two Brentford games were both in League Two. A 1-1 draw away at Rochdale in October 2007 was followed 12 months later by another 1-1 draw, this time at Grimsby. His last five Bees games have all been high-profile affairs. He took charge of our EFL Cup Third Round giantkilling of Everton in September 2010 before awarding us the last minute penalty against Doncaster Rovers which Marcello Trotta missed on the final day of the 2012/13 season. 

He then took two Brentford games in Round Four of the FA Cup in the form of our trip to Chelsea in 2016/17 and last season's 3-1 defeat at home to eventual winners Leicester City before August's 2-0 victory over The Gunners. 

So far this season, Oliver has shown 67 yellow cards and four reds in 21 domestic, European, and International matches. He has taken a joint-most 12 Premier League games so far but is yet to award a penalty.

Watford 21/22

210 fouls - Most in Premier League

33 yellow cards - Fifth-most in Premier League

1 red card - Third-most in Premier League


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