Rookie Premiership ref Stuart Attwell has been axed for the THIRD TIME already this season.

Attwell, 25, was at the centre of more controversy last weekend when he failed to award two penalties during the Fulham v Stoke match and will be used as the fourth official in two games over Christmas.

It is proving a steep learning curve for Attwell following his award of Reading's 'ghost goal' against Watford and protests over his handling of a Midlands derby between Derby and Nottingham Forest.