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Michael Oliver to take charge of trip to Goodison Park

This weekend's match officials have been confirmed

13 May 2022

We head to Everton on Sunday for our final away game of the season. With three to play for The Toffees, they remain just two points above the drop zone while our second season in the top flight was secured by Leeds' defeat in midweek. Ahead of our second visit to Goodison this year, the match officials have been confirmed.

Referee: Michael Oliver 

Assistants: Stuart Burt and Scott Ledger 

Fourth official: Andrew Madley 

VAR: Darren England

Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis

For the fourth time this season, and second time at Goodison Park, Michael Oliver will take charge of us at the weekend.

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. Last summer saw Oliver take charge of three games at Euro 2020, including the Quarter-Final between Spain and Switzerland.

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. 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. 

This season, Oliver has been in charge of two home wins in the Premier League, against Arsenal on the opening day and Watford in December, a game which saw us awarded a stoppage-time penalty, as well as February's 4-1 defeat away at Everton in the Emirates FA Cup. 

So far this season, Oliver has shown 143 yellow cards and nine reds in 42 domestic, European, and International matches. A league-high five of those red cards have come in the Premier League.

Everton 21/22

342 fouls - 16th in Premier League

75 yellow cards - Fourth-most in Premier League

4 red cards - Joint-most in Premier League


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