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|Full name||Uriah D. Rennie|
23 October 1959 |
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
|? -1994||Northern Premier League||Referee|
He dealt Alan Shearer his first red card in a Newcastle v Aston Villa match in 1999, the reason for the red card was "persistent use of the elbow"
In 2001, he joined the Select Group of professional referees. Keith Hackett, head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board has described him as "the fittest referee we have ever seen on the national and world scene."
He refereed the 2001 (old) Football League Division One Play-off Final between Bolton Wanderers and Preston North End at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, when Bolton won 3-0 with goals from Farrelly, Ricketts and Gardner. Rennie did not show a red or yellow card at all during the match.
At the end of the 2004-05 season, he retired from the FIFA list, at the compulsory age of 45.
Like many high-profile referees in top-flight football, Rennie has attracted criticism from within the game. In November 2006, he was mentioned in a remark by a stadium announcer, Adam Cattarall, at a Football League Championship match between Preston North End and Crystal Palace. It was announced over the public address system as the teams came back onto the pitch after half time: "Welcome to the second half of the Uriah Rennie show". His refereeing came under criticism yet again on 19 December 2006 after Southampton's 2-0 victory over Norwich, with Canaries' manager Peter Grant claiming: "It's scandalous the way he talks to players. He shows them no respect, and yet expects respect back. With this referee it's all about him. People come to watch the players and be entertained, not to watch the referee."
On 21 August 2007, The Sun newspaper announced that Rennie had been withdrawn from the list of referees after failing the prescribed fitness tests and that he would not referee again until he passed one. These tests are re-taken after one month.
However, his failure of the tests actually turned out to be due to a hamstring injury. He made his return to active refereeing on 24 November 2007, handling the Championship match between Scunthorpe United and Hull City, which finished as a 2-1 away win.
Rennie was again struck by injury at the start of the 2008/2009 season. He failed to recover from this injury all season, and as a result was removed from the Select Group of referees, along with Steve Tanner and Keith Stroud in May 2009. 
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(There are no available records prior to 1997/1998)
Life outside football
- Birthdate confirmation: the Football League Official website. Retrieved on 10 March 2007.
- First ever Premiership match, soccerbase.com website. Retrieved 10 March 2007.
- Career, details: Premier League Official website. Retrieved 10 March 2007.
- "Uriah Rennie's Red Card Blues". AYUP. Retrieved 20 January 2007.
- Old Division One Play-off Final, 2001, soccerbase.com website. Retrieved 10 March 2007.
- "Trouble over ref dig". BBC Sport. 27 November 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2007.
- "Southampton 2-1 Norwich". BBC Sport. 16 December 2006. Retrieved 17 December 2006.
- Failed fitness tests, report from August 2007: The Sun online. Retrieved on 29 September 2008.
- Confirmation of hamstring injury: Graham Poll, the Mail Online. Retrieved 25 November 2007.
- Return from injury, Scunthorpe v. Hull, 2007: BBC Sport report. Retrieved 25 November 2007.
- "Come on ref". PFA. 26 July 2004. Archived from the original on 20 October 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2007.