EXCLUSIVE: Red-card refs Mason and Jones relegated to fourth official roles

04 November 2009 08:25
Two Premier League referees have been appointed as fourth officials after their performances last Saturday piled more pressure on managers Rafael Benitez and Phil Brown - with Stuart Attwell restored to the top flight. [LNB]Liverpool's Benitez and Hull's Brown were both the victims of contentious judgements during defeats for their sides last weekend but the two under-fire bosses weren't the only ones to suffer the consequences as referees Lee Mason and Mike Jones have been removed from the middle at all levels.   [LNB] Liverpool, who had two players sent off by Mason at Fulham, are appealing against the dismissal of Philipp Degen having also considered contesting Jamie Carragher's red card in  the 3-1 defeat.[LNB] What do you mean, red card? Liverpool's Jamie Carragher (C) can't believe Lee Mason is about to send him off...[LNB] [LNB] ... while Philipp Degen is equally as perplexed[LNB]Hull, beaten 2-0 at  Burnley, have no recourse to appeal over Geovanni's sending-off for two yellow cards. The Brazilian had earlier had a goal controversially disallowed  while Burnley's penalty opener was also considered a faulty call by Jones,  the man at the centre of Sunderland's 'beach ball  goal' against Liverpool a  fortnight earlier.[LNB]From referee to judge: Lee Mason will sit on the bench after being demoted for this weekend's matches[LNB]Mason and Jones have both been relegated to fourth official duties in the top flight this weekend. At one time errant referees were temporarily dropped to a lower level but Football League complaints against that policy then led to a system of 'benching' them.[LNB]Professional Game Match Officials routinely punish officials for  high-profile errors and  action was swift yesterday following an examination of  a weekend programme that  produced nine red cards in the Premiership.[LNB]Liverpool's hope to have Degen cleared at today's appeal hearing.[LNB]The Swiss midfielder was shown a straight red card for a foul on Clint Dempsey that most experts viewed as a cautionable offence at worst.[LNB]There were also  protests over Carragher's dismissal for checking a run by Bobby Zamora that  denied a goalscoring opportunity. [LNB]While the foul looked  less than blatant  on replays, Liverpool have decided it would be difficult to  defend especially as  there was no doubt about Zamora being through on goal.[LNB]Hull, whose struggle  for Premiership survival has put Brown under threat, had reason to be even more aggrieved over the circumstances of their defeat at Turf Moor.[LNB] But how can you give that? Hull City's Kamel Ghilas appeals to Mike Jones after he awarded a penalty against Burnley[LNB] [LNB] Cheerio Geo: Mike Jones shows Geovanni the red card at Turf Moor[LNB]Brown's side fell behind to a soft penalty and were denied an equaliser  for an alleged  minor infringement in the wall when Geovanni arrowed in a  free-kick. The Brazilian was then dismissed following a routine foul.[LNB]The fact that both Brown  and Benitez were conspicuously restrained in their comments about the officials afterwards has been noted with appreciation by refereeing chiefs. They have honoured a pledge to managers to make officials accountable.[LNB]A further appeal to the FA  today concerns a yellow card picked up by  Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock in  their 1-1 draw at Everton. Warnock is  claiming mistaken identity  on the part of referee Lee Probert.[LNB] If I say goal, it's a goal: Stuart Attwell informs Watford boss Ady Boothroyd about the 20-yard-wide-post rule in operation at Vicarage Road [LNB]This weekend's biggest game  goes to Martin Atkinson, who takes charge of Sunday's Stamford Bridge clash between Chelsea and Manchester United.[LNB]Meanwhile, Attwell, famous for awarding Reading a 'Phantom Goal' at Watford despite the ball going four yards wide at Vicarage Road 14 months ago, is moving back up the pecking order. [LNB]Attwell, 26, has been appointed to Manchester City v Burnley on Saturday. [LNB] He became the youngest-ever Premier League ref in August last year but has proved a controversial figure, attracting criticism from the likes of Benitez, Steve Bruce and Wolves after his handling of the 1-1 draw at Everton last month in which he sent off Stefan Maierhoffer and allowed an Everton goal to stand despite an apparent foul on an opponent in the build-up.[LNB] VIDEO SPECIAL: The five worst refereeing decisions in footballing historyFernando Torres facing turmoil: Striker will play in Lyon but fears are growing that he'll need surgeryFulham 3 Liverpool 1: Reds in need of Torres to avoid trophy wipe-outBurnley 2 Hull City 0: Brown faces D-day after ref's calls are hard on TigersGRAHAM POLL: Record nine red cards show inconsistency in refereeing... just ask Liverpool and Aston VillaThe 'goal that never was' - is this the most ridiculous decision ever?HULL CITY FC

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