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Martin Atkinson replaces Andre Marriner as today's referee

A change to this evening's match officials

23 April 2022

There's been a late change to this evening's match officials with Martin Atkinson replacing Andre Marriner. Find out more about the officials in charge tonight below.

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Assistant Referees: Simon Long and Scott Ledger

Fourth Official: Tony Harrington

VAR: Paul Tierney

Additional VAR: Simon Bennett

Martin Atkinson began his refereeing career aged just 16 and has risen through the ranks to become one of the most well respected officials in the Premier League.

After starting in the West Riding local leagues, he advanced to the Football League’s list of assistant referees in 1998, aged 27. Promotions quickly followed and he was refereeing Conference matches by 2002.

An Assistant Referee in the Premier League between 2000 and 2003, his first taste of top-flight refereeing came when he was in the middle for Manchester City’s clash at Crystal Palace during the 2004/05 season.

The former teacher has been a permanent fixture in the Premier League ever since and, after refereeing the 2006 FA Community Shield and 2008 FA Trophy Final, his most notable moment in English football came when he took charge of the 2011 FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Stoke City.

The 2013 Championship Play-off Final between Crystal Palace and Watford, which The Eagles won 1-0, was another Atkinson assignment before he oversaw Manchester City's Capital One Cup Final triumph over Sunderland the following season.

Atkinson has been a FIFA-listed official since 2006 and is one of a handful of Select Group referees who is an Elite FIFA referee, officiating Champions League matches as well as fixtures at Euro 2016.

The Leeds-based official's first two Brentford outings were the 2020 Sky Bet Championship Final against Fulham and this season's goalless draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Our first win under the 51-year-old came a fortnight ago at home to West Ham United.  

So far this season, Atkinson has issued 63 yellow cards and three reds in 24 matches. He comfortably averages the fewest fouls per game (15.14) in the Premier League and also averages the third fewest yellow cards per top flight match (2.36).

Tottenham Hotspur 21/22

331 fouls - Ninth-most in Premier League

57 yellow cards - Seventh-most in Premier League

1 red card - 12th in Premier League

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