Don’t expect either of the Madley brothers to referee a Huddersfield Town match any time soon.
Leicester City fan Kevin Friend’s removal from taking charge of title rivals Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League game at Stoke City is still a hot topic.
There’s a debate over the degree to which a referee’s home town or city or the team they follow should affect their appointments.
BBC Sport published a list of the teams top referees support, and Bobby Madley, who took Wednesday’s Liverpool-Everton derby, was revealed to be a Town fan.
Like older brother Andy, 30-year-old Bobby is listed as coming from West Yorkshire.
Bobby was promoted to the Select Group of referees in 2013 and so officiates primarily in the Premier League.
Andy is in the Select Group and has taken 37 games this season in the Football League, Capital One Cup, Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and FA Cup.
Neither Bobby nor Andy have ever taken a competitive Town match.
But Bobby has refereed one game involving Leeds United and one involving Bradford City.
Andy, whose club affiliation in terms of support has not been revealed, has taken one Bradford match.
Keith Hackett, the former head of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), who appoint referees for Premier League games, said: “At the beginning of every season the referees’ background information is audited.
“They complete a form that includes who they support, the history of if they’ve played the game and with the addresses where they are residing.
“That gives you a picture that comes into use when you’re appointing. It’s about ensuring, for example, you wouldn’t appoint a Sheffield-based ref for a Sheffield team.”
PGMOL says the process behind referee selection is all about avoiding “unnecessary extra external pressure and scrutiny” in what is an “already a high pressure and demanding job”.
The referee for Town’s home game against Birmingham City on Saturday is David Webb - from County Durham.