Joe Ross (referee)

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Joseph Ross (born 28 December 1959) is an English former football referee, previously in the Football League, and also in the Premier League and Europe as an assistant referee. During his time as an official he resided in Chingford, Greater London.[1]


Prior to his appointment to the National List of assistant referees in 1992, Ross had been refereeing in the Isthmian League. In 2000, he was a referees' assistant in the UEFA Cup.[2] Before the 2001–02 season, Ross progressed to the Football League list of referees.

However, in his first season on this list, he was involved in a dispute with former Liverpool player, and then Oxford United manager, Mark Wright. Wright was later found guilty of racial and abusive language towards Ross,[3] and resigned from the job at Oxford United on 12 December 2001.[4]

Ross remained as a Football League referee for four seasons, but at the start of the 2005-06 season he reverted to the list of assistant referees, refereeing only one match, Yeading against St Albans, which was in the Football Conference South competition.[5]

He subsequently retired from refereeing, confirmed when the lists of referees and assistants for season 2007-08 were published without his inclusion.[6][7]


  1. ^ Place of residence, example source: website.
  2. ^ Referee Profiles Archived 17 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine: the Football League Official website.
  3. ^ "Football: FA admit 'racial element' in Wright case" Archived 2 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine:, 26 November 2001.
  4. ^ Racist Incidents: UK: Fairplay, December 2001.
  5. ^ Yeading v. St Albans, Football Conference South, his only match refereed in 2005-06: website.
  6. ^ List of referees for 2007-08 Archived 10 September 2012 at, excluding Joe Ross: the Football League Official website.
  7. ^ List of assistants for 2007-08, excluding Joe Ross: the Football League Official website.

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