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Premier League referee Madley quits

09:55 BST 17/08/2018
Bobby Madley
The reported rising star has suddenly decided to call time on his career in the middle of the pitch

Bobby Madley has quit his role as a Premier League referee.

The 32-year-old, reportedly regarded as a rising star in officiating, has retired suddenly, with the circumstances surrounding his departure still unclear.

“Bobby Madley is no longer employed by PGMOL," read a statement from the Professional Game Match Officials organisation.

"We understand that he has decided to relocate due to a change in his personal circumstances.”

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.

He was not involved during the first Premier League weekend, however, and will not referee another game, having taken charge of 91 matches to date.

Madley was on the FIFA list, meaning he can take charge of European and international games, and his departure leaves the select group of referees down to 17 from 18. Roger East has also yet to take charge of a game this season.

Mark Clattenburg recently stepped down from the group to become a referee in Saudi Arabia, while Martin Atkinson stopped refereeing European games last season.

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