Madley, 32, quits as referee

Exclusive: Premier League referee Bobby Madley quits 'due to change in personal circumstances'

Exclusive: Premier League referee Bobby Madley quits 'due to change in personal circumstances'

Premier League referee Bobby Madley has mysteriously quit his job just one game into the new season 'due to a change in personal circumstances'.

Madley was making a steady rise through the ranks as a match official, securing a place on the Federation Internationale de Football Association list in January which made him eligible to officiate worldwide and European matches. The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the body responsible for referees, confirmed that he had stepped down but the... He was one of PGMOL's 18 full-time referees.

Mike Riley is the managing director of PGMOL, and is set to speak with his fellow referees regarding Madley's departure later this week.

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Madley has been referee for a number of high profile encounters, including last season's Community Shield, as well as matches between Tottenham and Manchester United and Liverpool and Arsenal.

The 32-year-old was one of those the Premier League had hoped go on to be one of Europe's leading referees and the circumstances around his departure are still unclear.

The pool of Premier League referees is now only 17, with a replacement for Madley expected to be announced soon.

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