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Reading v Liverpool (08/12/2007) - Meet the Referee
Thursday, 6th December 2007
Andre Marriner from the West Midlands will referee his second Liverpool game of his career as we travel South to face Reading.

The 36-year old is the youngest of the Premiership referees and in his three seasons in the Premiership has refereed 25 games so far since his debut in November 2004.

He started refereeing at the age of 21 and only eight years later was promoted to the Football League as an assistant referee.
He spent the next three seasons on the line before getting the jump to the middle. In his first season as referee he was awarded the Conference Play-off final between Doncaster Rovers and Dagenham and Redbridge, and was then fourth official for the FA Youth Cup Final.

His rise to the higher echelons of football refereeing appears to be constant with a UEFA badge just around corner. He gained his first experience of International football by being the fourth official to Mike Riley for Australia's 5-0 thumping of Jamaica at Craven Cottage in October two years ago.

Even though Andre refereed a handful of Premiership games in his first season, promotion was not made official until the start of last season. He was unable to take part in any games for the first month because of a back injury.

His very first game in the Premiership was at The Valley as Charlton rattled four passed a helpless Norwich City in November 2004.

He has only refereed Liverpool once before back in February 2006 when goals from Darren Bent and Luke Young gave Charlton Athletic all three points at the Valley. He refereed Reading once last season, a 2-1 win at Sheffield United and has refereed them once this season, this time going down 4-2 at Blackburn Rovers.

Stephen Artis and John Flynn are his assistants with Paul Taylor as the fourth official.



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