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The 49-year-old was recently heavily criticised by Sir Alex Ferguson and has been selected to officiate the League Two clash between Accrington Stanley & Rochdale this weekend

By David Lynch

Professional Match Game Officials (PGMO), the organisation who provide referees for the Premier League and Football League, have insisted Chris Foy has not been demoted following criticism from Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Manchester United boss hit out at Foy after his side's 3-2 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday, claiming the 49-year-old had not awarded enough added time at the end of the game.

And, despite selecting Foy to officiate the League Two clash between Accrington Stanley and Rochdale this weekend, PGMO have denied demoting the St Helens-born official.

"There are 16 select group officials who are rotated around ten games - it would be remiss of anyone to suggest that he has been demoted," Phil Dorward, head of PR for PGMO, told

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"He’s done five out of six [Premier League games] so far this season but the select group don’t just do Premier League games they do Football League games as well.

"Howard Webb was on a Football League game a couple of weeks ago and all of our officials will be doing Football League games over the course of the season."

Dorward also expressed his belief that Foy, who refereed the 2010 FA Cup final, will be back in the top flight the following week.

"He has refereed more games than most [at Premier League level]. There are 16 guys who can ref our games every week and there are only 10 games so six of those guys will be without games," he added.

"I’ll be astonished if Chris is not [back in the Premier League next week] but the point is it’s not a demotion. Categorically not."