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Ref Yellow Card Riley to boss Everton game

last updated Thursday 21st May 2009, 10:09 AM
Referee Mike Riley- Leeds, West Yorkshire
Referee Mike RileyMike Riley, who is a finance director by profession, began refereeing in 1980 and joined the Football League roster in 1994. Riley was the Premiership's youngest referee in 1999/2000.

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 Manchurians. 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 early in the 2004/2005 season somebody thought it would be a good idea if he looked after another Man U game, this time against Arsenal, and we know what happened that day. Fortunately since than he has managed to keep his head down.

Mr Riley has reffed 14 Fulham games in the Premiership in those 14 games he has sent off two Fulham players, Luis Boa Morte and Ian Pearce and The Cottagers have won just 2 of the 14. It could have been 3 if he had not needed to call off the first attempt to play that Sunderland game.

The two wins were Fulham whipping Man U 3-1 at Manchester and interestingly Mr Riley also oversaw the win against Everton at the Cottage in August 2005.

Referee Stats - 2008/2009
Ref Riley is the busiest whistler in the Premiership with an average of 30 interventions per game. He lso heads the yellow card leaderboard with an average of just over 4 cards per game.

On the other hand he has given just one pen so far this season, a career low, and just 4 red cards, also a career low .
  Mr. Riley's Av Premiership Ref
Total Match Avg Pos. Total Match Avg
Games 22     21  
Fouls 647 29.4 1st 480 23.3
Yellows 90 4.1 1st 66 3.2
Reds 4 0.2 9th 3 0.2
Penalties 1 0.0 16th 4 0.2
Fouls per Yellow - 7.2 11th - 7.3

Homer? (2008-2009)
Total Home Away Total
Games Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen Fouls Yellow Red Pen
22 312 40 2 1 335 50 2 0 647 90 4 1
  48% 44% 50% 100% 52% 56% 50% 0%        
Premiership Average
21 49% 43% 41% 73% 51% 57% 59% 27% 480 66 3 4
Ref Riley is a fairly average homer this season.

Previous Fulham games what was refed by Mike Riley

24-01-2009 FAC Kettering 2-4 Fulham 4y 0r
Bookings: Dempster, Richard Graham, Westcarr (Kettering) Hangeland (Fulham)

12-01-2008 Premier West Ham 2-1 Fulham 1y 0r
Bookings: Konchesky (Fulham)
01-09-2007 Premier Fulham 3-3 Tottenham 1y 0r
Bookings: Bocanegra (Fulham)

13-05-2007 Premier Middlesbro 3-1 Fulham 1y 0r
Bookings: Pogatetz (Middlesbro)
First game for Lawrie Sanchez as Fulham "permanent" manager
31-03-2007 Premier Fulham 1-1 Portsmouth 1y 0r
Bookings: Brown (Fulham)
Fulham had 14 fouls which Mr Riley thought deserved 1 yellow and Pompey had 24 fouls which deserved no yellows. Sounds fair!
Who would have thought that Pearcey would have got a crucial goal with a last shot in the dying moments of the game.
02-10-2006 Premier Watford 3-3 Fulham 4y 0r
Bookings: Mahon (Watford) Helguson, Pearce, Radzinski (Fulham)


04-05-2005 Premiership Sunderland 2-1 Fulham 8y 0r
Bookings: Brown, Caldwell, McCartney, Whitehead (Sunderland) Bridge, Christanval, Elliott, Pearce (Fulham)
The replay of the one, where we were 1-0 up and Riley abandoned the game because of rain. Fortunately for Chris Coleman's old friend Mr Ball, caretaker manager of Sunderland at the time, Sunderland were able to claim their only Premiership home win in the season when the game was replayed. Coincidentally we had gained our solitary away win of the season at Man City in the previous game. Who says football is a hard game.

At halftime in the replay home supporters booed Ref Riley off after he had booked both Steve Caldwell and George McCartney for fouls but turned a deaf ear to their appeals for a series of fouls perpetrated by The Cottagers. Surprise surprise within 12 minutes of the restart Simon Elliott, Philippe Christanval and Ian Pearce had all been yellow-carded.

31-12-2005 Premiership Portsmouth 1-0 Fulham 3y 0r
Bookings: Karadas (Portsmouth) Bocanegra, Rosenior (Fulham)
17-10-2005 Premiership Charlton 1-1 Fulham 4y 0r
Bookings: Kishishev (Charlton) Christanval, Malbranque, Volz (Fulham)
27-08-2005 Premiership Fulham 1-0 Everton 3y 1r
Bookings: Malbranque (Fulham) Neville (sent off 90 snd yel), Weir (Everton)
Everton seemed to have a strong claim for a pen five minutes into the second half when Cahill appeared to be shoulder-charged in the chest by that top defensive tackler Luis Boa Morte. Fortunately on this occasion Ref Riley was not interested.

04-10-2004 Premiership C Palace 2-0 Fulham 2y 1r
Bookings: Johnson (C Palace) Bocanegra, Pearce (sent off 6) (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.

10-11-2004 League Cup Nottm Forest 2-4 Fulham 6y 0r
Bookings: Dawson, Evans, Perch, Thompson (Nottm Forest) Cole, Volz (Fulham)

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 1y 0 r
Bookings: Horlock (West Ham)

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)

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.

10-03-2001 Division 1 Fulham 2-0 QPR 2y 0r
Bookings: Baraclough, Crouch (QPR)

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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