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Ref Welch to boss Fulham vrs Burnley

last updated Thursday 21st December 2023, 1:36 PM

Match Referee News

Fulham vrs Burnley

Premier League Match Day 18 23/24 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 23rd December 2023    KO: 15:00

Referee: Rebecca Welch (Durham County)

Referee: Rebecca Welch (Durham County)

Referee Paul Tierney (Lancashire)
Rebecca Welch
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Referee Rebecca Welch started her refereeing career in 2010 was still working in an administrative capacity for the NHS. After gaining her badges through the Durham County Football Association, Welch began taking charge of university games as well as in Sunday leagues.

Welch has regularly refereed high-profile games in the Women’s Super League and took charge of the 2017 and 2020 Women’s FA Cup finals at Wembley. She has also officiated in the Women’s Champions League.

In 2021, she was the first woman to be appointed to referee a match in the Football League for the Sky Bet League Two fixture between Harrogate and Port Vale. Welch later took on matches in the Championship – the latest being Hull’s 4-1 win over Rotherham on November 28.

Ref Welch will break new ground once again when she takes charge of Fulham against Burnley at Craven Cottage, the first Premier League game to be refed by a woman.

Ref Welch has not refed Burnley or Fulham before

Last season Ref Welch refed 26 games dishing out 87 yellows, an average of 3.3 cards a game, and no red cards.

In recent time one of her busiest games was the Division One game between Derby and Wycombe on the 16th December 2023 when she yellow carded five Derby players and three Wycombe players

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