Ref Riley axed for Premiership weekend

The Daily Mail reports that referee Mike Riley has been axed from the Barclays Premier League fixtures this weekend.

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The West Yorkshire official has paid the price for the controversial part he played in Chelsea's fiery 4-4 draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Riley came under heavy fire for failing to send off Chelsea's Ashley Cole against Spurs and for not reporting Cole and team-mates for harassing him following the left back's horror tackle on Spurs defender Alan Hutton.

Instead of being on top-flight duty, the referee has been handed the Coca-Cola Championship fixture between Charlton and Wolves on Saturday and Nottingham Forest's visit to Carlisle - in League One - three days later.

Refs chief Keith Hackett will doubtless claim those fixtures to be big matches but there's no escaping the fact that Riley is being punished.

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