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Craig Pawson
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Full name Craig Pawson
Born (1979-03-02) 2 March 1979 (age 40)[1]
Sheffield, England
Years League Role
? Football League Assistant referee
2008–2013 Football League Referee
2013– Premier League Referee
Years League Role
2015– FIFA listed Referee

Craig Pawson (born 2 March 1979)[1] is an English professional football referee who officiates primarily in the Premier League, having been promoted to the panel of Select Group Referees in 2013, as well as in the Football League.[2]

He is based in South Yorkshire and is associated with the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Football Association.[3]


Pawson has been a referee since 1993 and regularly officiated in the Football League in the 2012–13 season. He appeared 12 times in the Championship as well as making a Wembley appearance, taking charge of the League 2 play-off final between Crewe Alexandra and Cheltenham Town, which saw the former promoted.

His first Premier League appointment came in March 2013 between Swansea City and Newcastle United at the Liberty Stadium with the home side winning 1–0.[4]

Pawson was appointed as fourth official for the FA Cup semi-final in April 2014 between Wigan Athletic and Arsenal at Wembley.[5]

In 2015 Pawson was put on the FIFA International Referees List[6] meaning that he can officiate in international fixtures, as well as UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League fixtures as either referee or an additional assistant referee. Pawson became the seventh referee from England on the list.

He was the fourth official for the 2015 Football League Cup Final at Wembley, in which Chelsea defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2–0.[7]

Pawson was the fourth official for the 2015 FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Aston Villa on 30 May.[8]

In May 2019 Pawson officiated the Championship playoff semifinal between Derby County and Leeds United. This was considered an especially high-profile game after the Spygate affair earlier in the season for which Leeds were fined £200,000 and severely reprimanded by the EFL.[9] The game was controversial with Pawson awarding Derby a penalty in the second half, before reversing his decision on the advice of his assistant. Leeds went on to win the game 0–1.[10]

Referee Craig Pawson takes charge of Chelsea v Burnley at Stamford Bridge, August 2017


  2. ^ Craig Pawson. "Referee Profile". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  3. ^ Association, The Football. "Craig Pawson to take charge of the FA Community Shield". Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  4. ^ "BBC Sport – Swansea 1–0 Newcastle". Retrieved 2014-04-16.
  5. ^ "The website for the English football association, The FA Cup and The England football team – The FA Cup". The FA. Retrieved 2014-04-16.
  6. ^ "Education & Technical - Referees by Association -".
  7. ^ "Anthony Taylor to referee Capital One Cup Final". The Football League. 12 February 2015. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  8. ^ Callow, James (21 April 2015). "Jon Moss will referee the 2015 FA Cup Final at Wembley". The FA. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  9. ^ Association, Press (2019-02-18). "Leeds United fined £200,000 over Derby County spying affair". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  10. ^ Park, Paul Doyle at Pride (2019-05-11). "Kemar Roofe razes Derby County to leave Leeds spying play-off final". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 2019-05-14.

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