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Mike Riley leaving as refs chief

Referee chief Mike Riley will step down as general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) next season.

The 57-year-old has been in the post since 2009, having replaced Keith Hackett at the end of his own 20-year elite refereeing career.

The Telegraph says the PGMOL conference this weekend will be informed that Riley will be leaving the organisation next season.

This is another step in wide-ranging changes coming to Premier League refereeing. The news of Riley's departure follows four long-serving referees Mike Dean, Jon Moss, Martin Atkinson and Kevin Friend all announcing their retirement from officiating after last season.

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