Mike Jones (referee)
|Full name||Michael J. Jones|
18 April 1968 |
Chester, Cheshire, England
|1997–||The Football League||Referee|
He began refereeing in the Football League in 1997 and was promoted in 2008 to the list of Select Group Referees who officiate all Premier League fixtures. In 2009 he refereed the FA Trophy final at Wembley Stadium.
His first game at Wembley Stadium was also in 2007: the Football League Two play-off final which saw Bristol Rovers defeat Shrewsbury Town 3–1. Jones dismissed Shrewsbury's Marc Tierney in the last minute for a second bookable offence: Tierney becoming the second man to be sent off at the new Wembley.
In 2008 Jones became a Select Group referee, allowing him to regularly officiate games in the Premier League. His first match in England's top league was Hull City versus Wigan Athletic in August of that year.
In October 2009 Jones infamously allowed to stand a bizarre goal scored by Darren Bent for Sunderland against Liverpool. Bent's shot at goal took a deflection off a beach ball which had been thrown onto the pitch by a fan in the Liverpool supporters' section. Under the Laws of the Game, the beach ball should have been considered an "outside agent" and Jones should have disallowed the goal and awarded a drop-ball. He was subsequently demoted for one week to officiate a match in the Football League Championship the following weekend. The beach ball from the incident is on display at the National Football Museum in Manchester.
In October 2013 Jones was required to act upon another bizarre incident where a goal was apparently scored under controversial circumstances. In the final moments of a Premier League game between Norwich City and Cardiff City which was to end 0–0, Cardiff's goalkeeper David Marshall had put the ball out of play to allow Norwich's Alexander Tettey to receive treatment from a physio. Ricky van Wolfswinkel took the subsequent throw for Norwich and his teammate Leroy Fer tapped the ball into the net as Marshall looked on. The apparent goal, which sparked a brawl on the pitch, was disallowed by Jones who stated he had not blown his whistle to restart play. Cardiff's manager Malky Mackay praised the official's decision.
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Statistics are for all competitions. There are no available records prior to 1997/98.
- "Benitez shrugs off bizarre goal". BBC Sport. 17 October 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
- "'Beach ball goal' referee demoted to Championship but match will not be replayed". Metro (dmg media). 19 October 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
- "Phil Dowd to referee FA Cup final". The Daily Telegraph (London). 17 April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
- Aizlewood, John (27 October 2013). "Norwich City 0 Cardiff City 0: ‘Goal’ sparks 18-man brawl". The Sunday Times (Times Newspapers Ltd). Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "Games refereed by M J Jones". SoccerBase. Racing Post. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
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