Rob Styles

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Rob Styles
Full name Robert Styles
Born (1964-04-21) 21 April 1964 (age 53)
Waterlooville, Hampshire, England
Other occupation Quantity Surveyor
Years League Role
1987–? Wessex League Referee
Isthmian League Referee
1996–2000 The Football League Referee
2000–2009 Premier League Referee
Years League Role
2002–2009 FIFA listed Referee

Robert Styles (born 21 April 1964[1]) is an English football Referee from Waterlooville, Hampshire, who officiated in the FA Premier League, and for FIFA. He retired in 2009.


Styles began refereeing in 1987, officiating in the Wessex League and then the Isthmian League before being appointed to the National List of referees in 1996.[1] The year 2000 was a busy one for Styles. He handled a Football League First Division play-off semi-final, and a Second Division play-off semi-final, plus the Second Division play-off final itself, between Wigan Athletic and Gillingham at Wembley, which ended 2–3 after extra time.[2] He was also fourth official for both the Football League Trophy final of that year between Stoke City and Bristol City, and the 2000 FA Trophy Final, when Kingstonian beat Kettering Town 3–2.[1]

His promotion to the Premier League list also happened in the year 2000, and his first match in the top group was the 1–0 win by Leicester City at West Ham United on 23 August 2000, Darren Eadie scoring the goal.[3] He became a FIFA referee in 2002.[1]

He was referee for the 2003 FA Youth Cup Final when Manchester United beat Middlesbrough 3–1.[4] However, his highest honour was his selection as referee for the 2005 FA Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, between Arsenal and Manchester United, which the Gunners won 5–4 on penalties after a 0–0 draw following extra time.[5]

In August 2007 Styles refereed the Premier League game between Liverpool and Chelsea where he wrongly awarded a penalty to Chelsea[6] and then caused confusion by showing two yellow cards for a single incident.[7] As a result of his decision to award the penalty and the confusion regarding the yellow cards, it was announced by Keith Hackett, general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), that Styles would be "dropped" for one round of matches.[8]

Styles last game the West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United match in January 2009. He sent off West Brom defender Paul Robinson five minutes before half time.[9] In the following days the red card was overturned by the F.A. Two days after the overturning Styles retired from refereeing, citing the lack of support from the FA as his main reason.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Games Total YC YC per game Total Red card Red card per game
1997/1998 35 151 4.31 16 0.45
1998/1999 40 213 5.32 17 0.42
1999/2000 40 96 2.40 10 0.25
2000/2001 31 98 3.16 12 0.38
2001/2002 28 108 3.85 8 0.28
2002/2003 35 119 3.40 13 0.37
2003/2004 37 123 3.32 16 0.43
2004/2005 41 124 3.02 9 0.21
2005/2006 45 148 3.28 5 0.11
2006/2007 44 143 3.25 10 0.22
2007/2008 34 117 3.44 15 0.44
2008/2009 36 107 2.97 7 0.19


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Preceded by
Jeff Winter
FA Cup Final Referee
Succeeded by
Alan Wiley