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Re: PL referee of the season 2020-21
« on: Mon 24 May 2021 14:39 »
My top 5 -

1. Craig Pawson

Hasn't caused any major controversy this season and goes about his job with a very nice laid back style. I think he has pushed on slightly and now shows a little bit more authority and toughness in his performances. As well as his impressive 'soft skills' so to speak I think he is a very sharp decision maker who never shies away from a big call. Has had a fantastic season in my view.

2. Andre Marriner

Similar to Pawson in that he always stays in the background and I think he is the last referee even the most biased fans could claim wants to be the centre of attention. Isn't the fastest mover around the pitch but has a a great feel for the game. He seems to have total respect from the players and IMO deservedly so as he hasn't got a lot wrong this season.

3. Stuart Atwell

I don't think he is the super star it was once hoped he would be but I think he is a very solid, safe pair of hands. Has done some big games this season and in the main has done very well. It seems that he has gained a lot of confidence and grown to be a very good PL referee. Someone you now feel you could put on any game. 

4. Martin Atkinson

I don't really like Martin Atkinsons style and manner around the pitch but I have to say that I feel he has had a very solid season. I can't recall any big controversies regarding his performances and with his significant experience he is a safe bet for any big game.

5. Michael Oliver

Not his best season by a long way IMO however for me on talent alone he is the best in the PL so even when not operating at his highest level he will always be there or there about. His fantastic performance in the FA cup final showed what he is capable of and I think if he can cut out his habit of awarding soft, albeit supportable, penalties he has the chance to cement his place as England's number one on the international stage.

Honourable mentions to a few other referees -

Friend and Moss while perhaps not top level officials don't seem to have had too many controversies this terms. Dean had a very strong start and while one can't ignore the big controversies for me he remains a very competent PL official, probably 6/7 on my list. Taylor has been below his best but one can't deny he is a talented official. England has had a very very strong debut season and finally I am delighted that Simon Hooper too has performed very well and silenced his (many!) critics. I hope his good form is rewarded next season.
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