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Premier League names youngest ref

By Andrew McKenzie

Stuart Attwell

The Premier League has appointed Stuart Attwell as its youngest ever referee.

The 25-year-old from Nuneaton has been promoted to the list of top flight officials after just one season in the Football League.

Premier League referees' chief Keith Hackett told BBC Sport: "Last season week-in week-out he produced consistent, high quality performances.

"Under pressure he remained calm and showed a great deal of maturity when managing players."

Attwell has been fast-tracked through the refereeing system, having started in 1998, and was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2007.

Hackett said he has no doubts that Attwell will be able to handle the extra pressure of stepping up to the Premier League, where the money at stake means decisions are scrutinised even more closely.

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He added: "I can confirm that Stuart is the youngest ever referee to be promoted to the Premier League.

"He has earned the respect of players, managers and spectators by demonstrating excellent fitness and a high standard of performance in his decision-making.

"My task as his boss is to ensure that he transfers those skill sets to the Premier League.

"Few managers in industry would be given the opportunity to manage 300m-plus so early in their career."


see also
Euro 2008 over for referee Webb
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Dutch goal correct says ref chief
10 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
You Are The Ref gallery
03 Jun 08 |  Football
Sports psychologists to aid refs
07 Jun 08 |  Football
Ref critics 'must be dealt with'
09 Jun 08 |  Football


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