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Martin Atkinson to take charge of Sunday's London derby

The weekend's Match Officials have been confirmed

7 April 2022

Following on from last Saturday's success at Stamford Bridge, we have another London derby to look forward to this weekend with West Ham United heading across the capital on Sunday afternoon. October's late, late drama at the London Stadium means a win over David Moyes side this weekend would give us our first double in the Premier League. Find out more about Sunday's officials below. 

Referee: Martin Aktinson

Assistant Referees: Lee Betts and Constantine Hatzidakis

Fourth Official: Simon Hooper 

VAR: Lee Mason

Assistant VAR: Darren Cann

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 only two previous Brentford outings were the 2020 Sky Bet Championship Final against Fulham and this season's goalless draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. 

So far this season, Atkinson has issued 59 yellow cards and three reds in 22 matches. The 51-year-old comfortably averages the fewest fouls per game (15.8) in the Premier League and also averages the fourth fewest yellow cards per top flight match (2.4).

West Ham United 21/22

267 fouls - Third-fewest in Premier League

37 yellow cards - Third-Fewest in Premier League

2 red cards - Third-most in Premier League


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