Martin Atkinson

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Martin Atkinson
Martin Atkinson.jpg
Atkinson in October 2014
Full name Martin Atkinson
Born (1971-03-31) 31 March 1971 (age 45)
Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire,[1] England
Domestic
Years League Role
1998–2000 Football League Assistant referee
2000–2003 Premier League Assistant referee
2002–2003 Football Conference Referee
2003–2005 Football League Referee
2005– Premier League Referee
International
Years League Role
2006– FIFA listed Referee

Martin Atkinson (born 31 March 1971) is an English professional football referee who officiates primarily in the Premier League and also for FIFA. He was born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire,[2] but is now based in nearby Leeds, and is a member of the West Riding County Football Association.[3]

Atkinson made his first appearance as an official in the Football League as an assistant referee in 1995. Since he was promoted to the list of Select Group Referees in 2005 he has refereed a number of notable matches, including the FA Community Shield and the finals of the FA Trophy, Football League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Europa League.

Career[edit]

Atkinson started his refereeing career at the relatively early age of 16 years, as the local team did not have a referee to oversee matches. By 1998, he had been promoted to the Football League's list of assistant referees.

This was followed in 2000 by promotion to the Select Group of assistant referees. By December 2002 he was refereeing Football Conference matches,[4] and also refereed the 2003 FA County Youth Cup final.[5]

At the start of the 2003–04 season, Atkinson joined the national list of referees. He had the distinction of not sending off any player from the field of play between August 2004 and October 2005.

Only two years after his Conference debut, Atkinson was appointed to referee his first Premier League game, taking charge of the Manchester City-Birmingham City fixture on 20 April 2005, cautioning one player and awarding the home side a penalty kick in a 3–0 result.[6][7]

During the three seasons between 2003 and 2006, Atkinson issued only eight red cards in 102 matches, an average of less than 0.08 per game.

In 2006 Atkinson was appointed to the list of FIFA referees.[8]

The 2009–10 season saw Atkinson referee 48 matches in English football, his highest tally of appointments in one season to date.

In September 2010, Atkinson was handed a one-week demotion to the role of fourth official after a time-keeping dispute with Everton manager David Moyes. Everton had scored two injury-time goals to make the score 3–3 against Manchester United, but Atkinson then blew his final whistle while Everton were midway through an attack with a chance of a winner.[9]

2006 FA Community Shield[edit]

Atkinson refereed the 2006 FA Community Shield match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Liverpool defeated Chelsea 2–1, with Atkinson issuing four yellow cards during the course of the game.[10]

13 August 2006
Chelsea 1–2 Liverpool
Shevchenko Goal 44'
Ballack Booked 7'
Lampard Booked 15'
Diarra Booked 68'
(Report) Riise Goal 9'
Crouch Goal 80'
Alonso Booked 61'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 56,275

2008 FA Trophy final[edit]

Atkinson was appointed to referee the 2008 FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium, which was contested between Ebbsfleet United and Torquay United.[11]

10 May 2008
14:30
Ebbsfleet United 1–0 Torquay United
McPhee Goal 45'
Smith Booked
McCarthy Booked
Moore Booked
(Report)
Rice Booked
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 40,186

2011 FA Cup final[edit]

Atkinson was appointed to officiate the 2011 FA Cup Final. Manchester City defeated Stoke City 1–0; Atkinson issued two yellow cards to two Stoke players during the match.

14 May 2011
15:00
Manchester City 1–0 Stoke City
Y. Touré Goal 74' Report Wilkinson Booked 76'
Huth Booked 40'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 88,643

2014 Football League Cup final[edit]

Atkinson refereed the 2014 Football League Cup Final between Manchester City and Sunderland. City won the match 3–1 and Atkinson cautioned two players, both late in the second half.

2 March 2014
14:00
Manchester City 3–1 Sunderland
Touré Goal 55'
Nasri Goal 56'
Navas Goal 90'
Negredo Booked 90'
Report Borini Goal 10'
Alonso Booked 90'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 84,697

Europe and international[edit]

On 13 October 2007, Atkinson refereed a group C qualifier for Euro 2008 between Moldova and Turkey. The game in the Moldovan capital Chişinău ended a 1–1 draw, with the referee showing two yellow cards.

Atkinson issues a yellow card during a fixture between Birmingham City and Arsenal in 2010

The 2008–09 season was the first that Atkinson took charge of UEFA Champions League games. That season he refereed four matches, including FC Zürich against Real Madrid and Inter Milan versus Dynamo Kiev.[12] In 2010 Atkinson was fourth official to Howard Webb for the Champions League final in Madrid. He issued his first Champions League red card on 5 April 2011, to Cristian Chivu of Inter Milan as they lost 5–2 at home to Schalke.

Atkinson officiated multiple matches during 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification, including the UEFA group 4 qualifying game between Germany and Finland in Hamburg on 14 October 2009 which ended 1–1.[13] One month later, he officiated Portugal's 1–0 qualifying win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He officiated at Euro 2012 as an additional assistant referee in a team with referee Howard Webb.[14]

The referee abandoned a Euro 2016 qualifying match in Belgrade between Serbia and Albania on 14 October 2014 when violence on the pitch and crowd disturbances broke out after a quadcopter was flown over the pitch bearing a flag of Greater Albania.[15]

Atkinson refereed a UEFA European Championship game for the first time on 12 June 2016 – a Euro 2016 group match between Germany and Ukraine.[16]

Statistics[edit]

Season Games Total Booked Booked per game Total Red card Red card per game
2002/03 9 28 3.11 3 0.33
2003/04 26 61 2.34 3 0.11
2004/05 38 87 2.28 3 0.07
2005/06 38 78 2.05 2 0.05
2006/07 42 128 3.04 6 0.14
2007/08 42 109 2.60 6 0.14
2008/09 40 135 3.38 11 0.28
2009/10 48 187 3.90 6 0.13
2010/11 41 143 3.49 13 0.32
2011/12 40 146 3.65 11 0.28
2012/13 36 133 3.69 1 0.03
2013/14 39 118 3.03 3 0.08
Total 439 1,353 3.08 68 0.15

Statistics for all competitions. No records are available prior to 2002/03.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'West Yorkshire' did not exist before 1 April 1974. 'West Riding of Yorkshire' is correct
  2. ^ 'West Yorkshire' did not exist before 1 April 1974. 'West Riding of Yorkshire' is correct.
  3. ^ Profile: the Football League official website. Retrieved on 16 April 2008
  4. ^ Football Conference referee, 2002: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 16 April 2008
  5. ^ FA Youth Cup Final 2003: TheFA.com website. Retrieved on 16 April 2008
  6. ^ "Fulhamweb" Profile of Martin Atkinson. Retrieved on 16 April 2008.
  7. ^ Man.City v. Birmingham Fixture Details: RateTheRef website. Retrieved on 16 April 2008.
  8. ^ Appointment as FIFA referee, 2006: TheFA.com website. Retrieved on 16 April 2008
  9. ^ http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Ref-Martin-Atkinson-demoted-after-the-row-over-his-timekeeping-at-Everton-Manchester-United-game-article578817.html
  10. ^ FA Community Shield 2006, Liverpool v. Chelsea: TheFA.com website. Retrieved on 16 April 2008
  11. ^ FA Trophy Final 2008, Ebbsfleet v. Torquay, referee: TheFA.com website. Retrieved on 16 April 2008.
  12. ^ http://refworld.com/referee/29/0/martin-atkinson
  13. ^ FIFA World Cup qualifier, Germany v. Finland, referee: Refworld.com website. Retrieved on 27 November 2009.
  14. ^ "Euro 2012 Referees" (PDF). UEFA. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Serbia and Albania will be charged by UEFA RTÉ Sports, 15 October 2014.
  16. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/jun/12/germany-ukraine-euro-2016-match-report
  17. ^ http://www.soccerbase.com/referees/referee.sd?referee_id=832

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Howard Webb
FA Community Shield referee
2006
Succeeded by
Mark Halsey
Preceded by
Chris Foy
FA Trophy Final referee
2008
Succeeded by
Michael Jones
Preceded by
Chris Foy
FA Cup Final referee
2011
Succeeded by
Phil Dowd
Preceded by
Felix Brych
UEFA Europa League Final referee
2015
Succeeded by
incumbent