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Ref Attwell axed for Premier League round

Ref Stuart Attwell has been axed for this weekend's round of Premier League games.

The Daily Mail says Attwell will not have a Premier League game to referee this weekend following his controversial handling of Liverpool's 2-2 draw against Sunderland on Saturday.

The 27-year-old official has instead been scheduled to be fourth official for Tottenham's home game against Aston Villa.

Significantly, while Attwell was given instant official backing for his decision to allow Liverpool's controversial first goal, there has been no defence from the Professional Game Match Officials Board for his failure to send off Steven Gerrard, who elbowed Danny Welbeck. Because Attwell showed only a yellow card, there can be no retrospective charge for the England captain.

Attwell has been involved in a series of high-profile incidents since being promoted to the Football League in 2007.

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