Steve Bennett (referee)
|Full name||Stephen Graham Bennett|
17 January 1961|
Farnborough, London Borough of Bromley, England
|? – ?||Kent League||Referee|
|? – ?||Isthmian League||Referee|
|? –1992||Football Conference||Referee|
|1992–1993||Football League||Asst. referee|
|1993–1995||Premier League||Asst. referee|
|1995–2001||FIFA listed||Asst. referee|
Stephen Graham Bennett (born 17 January 1961 in Farnborough, London Borough of Bromley) is a former English football referee who operated in the Premier League, and previously for FIFA as an assistant referee and then referee.
Bennett took charge of an official friendly international match, known as "The Other Final", in 2002, between the two lowest FIFA-ranked teams in the world at the time, Bhutan and Montserrat, at the Changlimithang Stadium, Thimphu, Bhutan. This took place on the morning of the World Cup Final in that year, and the home side won 4–0. The subsequent documentary film, entitled The Other Final and directed by Dutchman Johan Kramer, was released in 2003.
Bennett refereed the 2005 League Cup final at the Millennium Stadium between Chelsea and Liverpool, which the London club won by 3 goals to 2. In October 2005, he was in charge of the World Cup qualifier between Norway and Moldova, when the home side won 1–0 with a goal from Sigurd Rushfeldt.
Bennett was chosen to referee the 2007 FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United on 19 May 2007, the first at the new Wembley Stadium. Chelsea won by 1–0, Didier Drogba scoring late in the second half of extra time. Bennett issued seven bookings, four of which came in the added 30 minutes. In the first period of extra time, Ryan Giggs' shot was gathered by Petr Čech. Giggs claimed that the ball had crossed the line, despite sliding into the goalkeeper and seemingly forcing the Chelsea man backwards, but Bennett did not award a goal.
Bennett sent off Liverpool's Argentine Midfielder Javier Mascherano after he continued to harass him when he refereed the Manchester United versus Liverpool Premier League encounter on 22 March 2008. Mascherano initially claimed innocence, before later apologizing for his actions and admitting his behavior was inappropriate. Since the incident, The Sun national newspaper has launched a 'Shut It' campaign, urging footballers to respect the referee and curb their argumentative behaviour.
Bennett retired from the FIFA list of referees in 2006, at the compulsory age of 45.
In July 2009 Bennett was invited by the England and Wales Cricket Board Association of Cricket Officials to sit as an Independent Director on the new ACO Board.
In July 2010 Bennett retired from refereeing and has agreed to become a full-time referee coach, sharing his expertise in developing the next generation of referees.
|Season||Games||Total||per game||Total||per game|
(There are no available records prior to 1997/1998)
3 red cards in a game
- October 1997, Portsmouth (Thompson) v. Bradford (Kulcsar, Pepper)
- January 2001, Tottenham (Sullivan) v. Newcastle (Solano, Dyer)
- November 2006, Colchester (Barker) v. Southend (Maher, Gower)
10 cards in a game
- October 1998, Notts County ( ) v. Lincoln ( )
- November 2002, Tottenham ( ) v. Leeds ( )
- March 2005, Bolton ( ) v. Arsenal ( )
- June 2005, Spain () v. Bosnia and Herzegovina ( )
- "Birthdate and Biographical detail". the Football League official website. Archived from the original on 8 June 2008. Retrieved 25 March 2008.
- "Official International Friendly Match, Bhutan v. Montserrat, 2002". Bootan.com website. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2008.
- The Other Final (2003) at IMDB.com website. Retrieved on 25 March 2008
- Sepp Blatter's criticism: BBC.co.uk news report. Retrieved on 25 March 2008
- Norway v Moldova World Cup qualifier: Football.co.uk match report. Retrieved on 25 March 2008
- Confirmation of FA Cup Final appointment, 2007: TheFA.com official website. Retrieved on 12 October 2014
- FA Cup Final 2007, match report: BBC.co.uk website. Retrieved on 25 March 2008
- "Chelsea 1-0 Man United". The FA. 19 May 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
- Comments from BBC.co.uk website. Retrieved on 25 March 2008.
- https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/2295381/Did-Javier-Mascherano-deserve-his-red-card.html. Retrieved on 12 October 2014
- Rice, Jimmy (24 March 2008). "Masch: I couldn't believe red card". Liverpool F.C. Archived from the original on 28 April 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2008.
- ESPNsoccernet - England - Reds to appeal ban as Mascherano issues apology
- "Shut It" campaign: The Sun website. Retrieved on 2 April 2008
- Referee Bennett lands cricket job: BBC Sport
- "Spain 1-1 Bosnia-Herzegovina". fifa.com. 8 June 2005. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
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