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Martin Atkinson the ref at Reading tonight

last updated Tuesday 16th May 2017, 10:36 AM

Match Referee News

Reading vrs Fulham

Championship PlayOff 2nd Leg 1617 at Madejski Stadium

Tuesday 16th May 2017    KO: 19:45

Referee: Martin Atkinson(West Yorkshire)

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Referee: Martin Atkinson(West Yorkshire)

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Martin Atkinson
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Referee Martin Atkinson, the Bradford, Yorkshire-born referee, started his refereeing career at the relatively early age of 16 years, as the local team did not have a referee to oversee matches. By 2003-2004, he oined the national list of referees.

Only two years after his Conference debut Atkinson was appointed to referee his first Premier League game April 2005, he joined the FIFA list of referees in 2006.

Ref Atkinson has not refed a Fulham game since 8th March 2014 when we lost 3-1 away at Cardiff in the Premier League. He booked one player from the Cardiff team.

Prior to that game, in November 2013, he refed Fulham being beaten 3-0 away at West Ham. He booked three West Ham players and two Fulham players, Kieran Richardson and Steven Sidwell.

The last time Ref Atkinson refed Reading was in April 2015 when they lost 2-1 at home to Arsenal in the F.A. Cup, he sent off two players one from each team.

Last season Ref Atkinson officiated at 46 matches issuing 169 yellow cards and 1 red, some 3.7 yellows per game, just above the average. His busiest game was Arsenal vrs Leicester when he booked four Arsenal players and three from Leicester while sending off Danny Simpson in the 564th minute.

This season so far he has reffed 40 games and has issued 139 yellows, an average of 3.5 per game, and three reds. So he is waving his red card a bit more than last season.

His busiest game so far has been Crystal Palace vrs Hull, on Sunday, with 8 yellows, three for Palace and five for Hull.

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