A Premier League referee who names the best game of his career as ‘the 2003 Inaugural Conference Play Off Final between Doncaster Rovers and Dagenham & Redbridge’ is never going to be a popular one among managers.
Andre Marriner is part of the select group referees and first began refereeing in 1992. He progressed via the Birmingham Amateur Football League and the Southern League to become a Football League assistant referee in the year 2000. Now 39-years old, Marriner finds himself as one of the top referees in the country.
He was at the centre of the Karl Henry sending off for Wolves against Arsenal. A decision that baffled many and seemed a little harsh on Wolves who eventually lost 1-0 having dealt with the Arsenal pressure for most of the game. His decision to not book Jonathan Greening against Liverpool caused Rafa Benitez to say, well., not much apart from stating the obvious in his sarcastic tone. “I will not say too much,” said Benitez. “We still deserved to win with 11 players but it is very clear.”
Certainly not the most popular official at the moment! He can look forward to a lovely trip to Ewood Park for Blackburn v Everton…no doubt that will provide him with some interesting decisions to make!