This Sunday is the last day of the premier league season and we have that rare treat of all games being played on the same day. Everything is pretty much wrapped up, however there is the chance that if Arsenal and Chelsea finish level on points and goal differnece nad goals scored, we will have a play off for 3rd place.
Is that the most stupid play off ever, I do hope that it doesnt happen as I am sure someone will have the idea that we should have play offs to decide who wins the league as they do in Rugby Union. I know they had them in Holland but they have less European places so it does make more sense. I would rather head to head records come into play which would then see Chelsea finish 3rd.
Anyway the appointments
Chelsea v Everton Anthony Taylor S Ledger L Betts J Moss
Liverpool v QPR Martin Atkinson P Kirkup S Burt R Madley
Man City v Norwich Mark Halsey R Ganfield M McDonough M Clattenburg
Newcastle v Arsenal Howard Webb M Mullarkey D Cann K Friend
Southampton v Stoke Lee Probert G Beswick A Garratt S Attwell
Swansea v Fulham Lee Mason S Massey P Bankes R East
Tottenham v Sunderland Andre Marriner S Child S Long P Dowd
West Brom v Man Utd Michael Oliver D C Richards D Bryan C Foy
West Ham v Reading Mike Dean J Collin J Brooks P Tierney
Wigan v Aston Villa Neil Swarbrick D England S Bennett J Adcock
Man United new look strike force
Uefa have confirmed the appointments for the opening set of games for the Euro’s. Spains Carlos Caballo will take charge of the opening game between the Hosts Poland and 2004 winners Greece. The 2010 world cup final referee Howard Webb will take charge of the evening match on the opening day between Russia & the Czech Republic.
English football (soccer) referee Howard Webb (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This week the England squad was named for the upcoming European Championships. However there not the only english men going to Poland and Ukraine with a second team being named…..the match officials.
This championship being the first with Extra Assistant Referees we have 6 english match officials going to the finals. Howard Webb, Michael Mullarkey &Peter Kirkup will be Referee & Assistants respectively, with Stephen Child as backup Assistant incase one becomes injured. The extra assistant referees are Martin Atkinson & Mark Clattenburg. Clattenburg is already in for a busy summer with his appointment to the olympics.
Uefa have also appointed four officials who will be dedicated fourth officials and a further four reserve assistant referees.
Full list off officials can be found here
As well as English representation credit should be paid to the Scottish FA for also providing a six man team.
There has been a lot of talk in the media regards the FA’s respect campaign. While its had its critics (it seems all the ex pros’s that moan about anything as it was all good back in the old days). Something has to be tried.
There has been a lot of talk regards the campaign, and I’m not going to repeat it here as there is no benefit. However to keep it in everyone mind through out the season, which is the most important thing. Ive created a page at the top of the blog. If you haven’t seen the respect video its worth a look.
Just read this nice piece about Howard Webb, one of only 3 Englishman at this years European Championship.
Link to Article