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Referee Lee Mason to boss the Manchester United game

last updated Monday 17th May 2021, 11:59 AM

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Manchester United vrs Fulham

Premier League Match Day 37 at Old Trafford

Tuesday 18th May 2021    KO: 18:00

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Referee Lee Mason
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Referee Lee Mason started refereeing when he was 17 years old in the Bolton Boys' Federation League. He became a Football League referee in 2002 and joined the Premier League list of Select Group Referees in 2006.

Mr Mason has been involved in a number of controvertial decisions including one involving Fulham.

In 2009 he was handed a one-week demotion to the role of fourth official after his handling of a match between Fulham and Liverpool in which he sent off Liverpool players Jamie Carragher and Philipp Degen; Fulham ultimately won the fixture 3–1. Coincidentally One week later 9 man Fulham were robbed of victory in Rome, playing in the Europa Cup, Paul Konchesky and Erik Nevland were both sent off for fouls.

Mr Mason had been an infrequent visitor to Fulham games only refing five games in the last six years but since the pandemic started this will be his second time of refing a Fulham game.

The last time was the in September 2020 when we won 2-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup. Mr Mason booked a player from each team for fouls. The Fulham player was Denis Odoi.

Prior to this in February 2019 Mr Mason refed the 3-1 away defeat at West Ham . Mr Mason booked one player from each team, the Fulham player was Joe Bryan who was booked for a foul. Fulham were winning 1-0 when Ref Mason failed to see Javier Hernandez punch home West Ham's equalising goal

In the previous season, in April 2018, he refed the 1-0 home win against Reading when he booked one player from each team, the Fulham player was Matt Targett, booked for a foul in the 60th minute. Mr Mason also sent off a Reading player in the 90th minute. Targett also set up the 25th minute goal by Stefan Johansen.

Mr Mason's other game in that season was Fulham's 2-1 away win at Derby County when he booked Stefan Johansen (60,f) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (74,f).

Prior to that game he had only refed Fulham twice since our relegation from the Premiership,one in 2016 and one in 2014

in October 2016 when Fulham were beaten 2-1 at home by QPR, he booked two Fulham players, Scott Malone and Tim Ream, and three QPR players.

Prior to that game Mr Mason had stayed away from Fulham for nearly two years. His visit was in August 2014 when we were beaten 1-0 at home by Millwall. He booked three players, all from Fulham, Tim Hoogland, Nikolay Bodurov, Kostas Stafylidis.

Mr Mason last refed Manchester United was last season, 2019/2020, when thry beat Tranmere Rovers 6-1 in the FA Cup. He booked one player from each team including Phil Jones of Man Utd

Last season he refed 26 games and dished out 80 yellows and 1 red, so a below average 3.1 yellows per game. This season so far he has refed 21 games dished out 41 yellows and 2 reds, so an average of just 2 yellows a game.

Ref Mason's busiest game recently was in January 2020 when he booked seven players in the Sheffield United vrs Manchester City game. He booked four United players and three City players.

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