Referee Andrew Madley has been selected to take charge of tonight’s Carabao Cup fourth round clash between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium.
The 34-year-old, who is the older brother of Premier League match official Bobby Madley, has refereed 11 games in the Championship this season and two in the EFL Cup.
He will be joined by Neil Davies and Mark Russell, with James Linington as the fourth official, reports EFL. Madley has officiated a Norwich City game earlier in the season, in August’s 3-1 defeat to Sunderland. His last showing was Middlesbrough’s defeat to Cardiff City on October 21.
Madley has been card-happy this season, giving 28 yellow cards in 13 games in all competitions, but is yet to give a red card. He’s issued 704 yellow cards and 20 straight reds in 249 games as a professional referee. The Englishman has also issued 74 penalties in his career.
Norwich City fans will be aware how much of a bad omen he’s been for the Canaries, officiating in just one win from six games. Nevertheless, he’s vastly experienced and will be hoping he’s not the subject of headlines when Arsenal take to the field against their Championship opponents.
Tonight will be the first time he’s taken charge of an Arsenal game, having only refereed the u18s in the past.