Meet the officials | Middlesbrough

23rd August 2022
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Robert Madley - referee

Robert Madley will be the man in charge when Swansea City travel to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

The former Premier League official last took charge of a Swans match in August 2021 – a Carabao Cup second round game against Plymouth Argyle which Swansea won 4-1. For the last Swans league match Madley was in charge of you have to go back to 2018, that being a top-flight fixture at Old Trafford which ended in a 2-0 defeat.

This will be just the second time Madley has been the referee for a Championship match involving Swansea and, coincidentally, that was also a trip to the Riverside Stadium. On that occasion in 2011, Nathan Dyer, Scott Sinclair, Ashley Williams and Craig Beattie were on the scoresheet as the Swans left it late to come from behind and win 4-3.

Last season, the man from west Yorkshire took charge of 40 matches including a League Two play-off semi-final match between Mansfield Town and Northampton Town. He handed out 136 yellow cards and six reds. Incidentally, one of those reds went to Morgan Whittaker – while on loan at Lincoln City – in a feisty game at The Valley which also saw Charlton’s Alex Gilbey sent off.

On Saturday, Madley will be assisted by Daniel Leach and Geoffrey Liddle. Jonathan Hunt will be the fourth official.