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D'Urso is referee for Charlton game

last updated Tuesday 04th November 2003, 2:47 PM
Andy D'urso (Essex)
Andy D'urso was previously a 38-year-old bank manager from Essex by trade, but in keeping with the recent trend has recently abandoned his previous profession in favour of full-time refereeing.

He is one of the Premiership's youngest referees and was only appointed to the Premiership list three seasons ago, but soon received a welcome from Manchester United's Roy Keane. It was D'urso who was famously chased round the pitch by half the United team when he awarded a penalty against them during the 1999/2000 season.

That controversy returned at the start of 2001/02 when he failed to award Manchester United two penalties in the Charity Shield against Liverpool. But nevertheless, D'Urso is still a respected referee across the entire country - except Salford.

He has been on the Football League list since 1994 and began officiating back in 1979.

Referee Stats - 2002/2003
Ref D'Urso's figures are fairly average except in relation to yellow cards. He is one of the top yellow card issuers in the Premiership at 4.6 cards per game, 20% more than the average Ref figure of 3.8 cards per game. In comparison to last season he has already given 60% more yellows!!
  Mr. D'urso's Av Premiership Ref
Total Match Avg Total Match Avg
Games 5 5
Fouls 140 28.00 139 27.32
Yellows 23 4.60 19 3.81
Reds 1 0.20 1 0.21
Penalties 1 0.20 1 0.21
Fouls per Yellow - 6.09 - 9.40

Homer? (2003-2004)
Total Home Away Total
Games Fouls Yellow Red Fouls Yellow Red Fouls Yellow Red
5 64 9 0 76 14 1 140 23 1
  46% 39% 0% 54% 61% 100% - - -
Premiership Average
5 49% 46% 44% 51% 54% 56% 139 19 1
Ref D'Urso has a definite bias against away squads as evidenced by him issuing 61% of his cards to visiting teams some 40% higher than the average ref.

Mr. D'urso's meetings with Fulham

15-12-2002 Premier Fulham 0-1 Birmingham 10y 1r
Bookings: Brevett, Clark, Malbranque (Fulham) Cisse, Horsfield, Johnson, Kirovski, Powell, Purse(sent off 70), Tebily (Birmingham)
Andy D'Urso raised questions about his refereeing rationale by handing out a total of 11 bookings. There were two for Purse, six for other visiting players and three for the home side.

09-11-2002 Premier Aston Villa 3-1 Fulham 5y 0r
Bookings: Allback , Leonhardsen , Taylor (Aston Villa) Boa Morte , Melville (Fulham)

27-10-2001 Premier Fulham 2-1 Southampton 2y 0r
Bookings: Beattie , Oakley (Southampton)

03-01-2000 English Division 1 Fulham 1-0 Tranmere 5r 1r
Bookings: Morgan , Peschisolido (Fulham) Challinor , Hill , Morgan Roberts (sent off 86) (Tranmere)
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