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Premier League Goes To Desperate Lengths To Find A Referee At Spurs V Huddersfield

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

There were surreal scenes at Wembley on Saturday afternoon as Tottenham and Huddersfield could have faced the prospect of playing without a referee.

Mike Jones, the scheduled referee for the fixture, pulled up in training with an injury. This required fourth official Kevin Friend to step up and take his place (with Jones taking over fourth official duties while sitting down on the sidelines). However, this left officials slightly nervous as they had no backup if, for whatever reason, Friend was not able to complete the match.

Therefore, an announcement over the tannoy went out asking if any qualified referees were in attendance to act as backup in case they were needed to step in.

A second announcement went out soon after, confirming that they now had the situation uner control.

 

That’s certainly a new one for the Premier League. On the pitch, meanwhile, the Tottenham lead 1-0 at the time of writing, Son opening the scoring.

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