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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.

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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