Chris Kavanagh has been appointed referee for Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Kavanagh has worked his way up from lower league football to the Premier League and is yet to be put in charge if a single Arsenal game.
Edit – Another referee from up north you say? How unusual…
During that time, he’s dished out 61 yellow cards on total and only one red in League One.
Therefore, while he won’t stand for repetitive fouling, he’s unlikely to make match-changing decisions.
This is the ‘biggest’ game Kavanagh has refereed. He’s been in charge of two Burnley games but hasn’t officiated a match involving a team in the top six.
While it’s hard to judge a referee when you’ve yet to see them officiate your side, the fact that he’s working his way up the ladder might be a good sign.
The standard of refereeing in the Premier League is so poor at the moment, if that means relegating some officials and promoting others, then so be it.
What’s more, there haven’t been any controversial, newsworthy incidents linked with his name. Unlike Mike Dean, for example.
Assistants: Peter Kirkup, Adam Nunn
Fourth official: Andre Marriner
Arsenal v Palace kicks off on Saturday, 20 January at 3pm (UK time).