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Madley in the middle for Canaries clash

Andy Madley has been confirmed as the referee for Newcastle United’s Premier League game against Norwich City on Tuesday night (7:30pm kick-off).

United welcome the Canaries to St. James’ Park for what will be Eddie Howe’s first game in the dugout on Tyneside since his appointment as the club’s new head coach earlier this month.

And 38-year-old Madley will oversee the fixture, which will be his seventh top flight appointment of the campaign.

Madley took up officiating in Yorkshire, refereeing locally in Wakefield before making the step up to the Football League as an assistant in 2008.

After working his way up through non-league, he became a regular EFL referee in 2011, with his first top flight appointment as an assistant coming in 2010.

And in 2018, having become one of the more prominent officials in the second tier, Madley made his debut as a Premier League referee in March 2018 – taking charge of a 2-2 draw between Watford and Howe’s Bournemouth side.

He was promoted to the Select Group of referees the following year and so far this term, he has overseen fixtures in five different competitions – the Premier League, Championship and EFL Cup, as well as Europa Conference League and European Under-19 Championships qualifiers.

So far this season, Madley has issued 31 yellow cards in his 12 outings so far as well as two reds, while also awarding three penalties.

He will be assisted by Scott Ledger and Mark Scholes on Tuesday, with Tony Harrington acting as the fourth official.

Lee Mason will be the VAR, assisted by Peter Kirkup.

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