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Mr Riley is in the middle at Forest

last updated Tuesday 09th November 2004, 3:47 PM
Referee Mike Riley- Leeds, West Yorkshire
Referee Mike RileyMike Riley was the Premiership's youngest referee in 1999/2000. Riley, who is a finance director by profession, began refereeing in 1980 and joined the Football League roster in 1994.

The Premiership beckoned in 1996 and by 1999 he was on the official FIFA list. The 1996 Youth Cup was his first taste of officiating a high profile final. He took charge of the 2001 Charity Shield and 2002 Cup Final.

During the 2002/2003 season Mr Riley gave 8 penalties, 7 of them were in favour of Man Utd. He had officiated at 5 Man U games giving penalties in all of them including two games where he gave two penalties to the Mancunians. How unfortunate!

In the 2003/2004 season Ref Wiley only gave two penalties, neither to Man Utd, and officiated at the 3-1 thrashing of Man U by Fulham without giving a penalty to either squad, so he has gone some way to redeem himself.

Unfortunately for Ref Riley earlier this season somebody thought it would be a good idea if he looked after another Man U game, this time against Arsenal, and we are still experiencing the after-effects.
Referee Stats - 2004/2005

Ref Riley remains one of the busiest refs in the Premiership second only to Ref Dowd. He is also the keenest card issuer averaging 3.6 cards a game. In terms of red cards he is joint top with three reds issued already. He will need to slow down as he is running at a rate 50% higher than last season.Ref Riley has only granted one penalty so far but what a one Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are still fighting.

  Mr. Riley's Av Premiership Ref
Total Match Avg Total Match Avg
Games 8 6
Fouls 240 30.00 151 25.97
Yellows 29 3.63 14 2.49
Reds 3 0.38 0.8 0.14
Penalties 1 0.13 1 0.19
Fouls per Yellow - 8.28 - 10.42
Homer? (2003-2004)
Total Home Away Total
Games Fouls Yellow Red Fouls Yellow Red Fouls Yellow Red
8 120 15 1 120 14 2 240 29 3
  50% 52% 33% 50% 46% 67% - - -
Premiership Average
6 49% 42% 31% 51% 58% 69% 151 14 1

Ref Riley's bias against home squads after 8 games in the current season is just slightly stronger than last season after 22 games. He is dividing his yellow cards between home and visiting players this season after giving his total of 4 reds last season to home players.

Mr Riley has reffed 8 Fulham games in the last 6 years and in those 8 games he has sent off three Fulham players. 2004/05
04-10-2004 Premiership C Palace 2-0 Fulham 2y 1r
Bookings: Johnson (C Palace) Bocanegra (Fulham)
The one when Ian Pearce was sent off just five minutes into the match for pulling back Johnson, when the Palace striker was clean through on goal, and the red card saw Coleman's side under the cosh for the rest of the match. 2003/04
03-04-2004 Premiership Fulham 0-0 Birmingham 6y 0r
Bookings: Boa Morte ,Davis ,Djetou ,Malbranque (Fulham) Savage ,Upson (Birmingham)

24-02-2004 FA Cup West Ham 0-3 Fulham 1 0 r
Bookings: Horlock (West Ham)

20-12-2003 Premiership Fulham 0-1 Chelsea 5y 0r
Bookings: Clark, Saha (Fulham) Gronkjaer, Joe Cole, Johnson (Chelsea)

25-10-2003 Premiership Man Utd 1-3 Fulham 5y 0r
Bookings: Djemba-Djemba, Forlan, Fortune, Giggs (Man Utd) Knight (Fulham) 2001/02
21-10-2001 Premiership Fulham 1-1 Ipswich 5y 1r
Bookings: Boa Morte, Boa Morte (sent off 45), Legwinski (Fulham) Armstrong, Peralta, Wilnis (Ipswich)
Ref Riley wrongly sent Boa Morte off for diving despite there being a clear block by Hreidarsson and helped The Cottagers to lose 2 points.2000/01
10-03-2001 Division 1 Fulham 2-0 QPR 2y 0r
Bookings: Baraclough, Crouch (QPR) 1999/00
20-11-1999 Division 1 Blackburn 2-0 Fulham 7y 1r
Bookings: Grayson, Ward (Blackburn) Clark, Coleman, Hayward, Horsfield, Symons, Cadamarteri (sent off 84)(Fulham)

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