Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Sunday August 30 2009
Lee Probert takes charge of his second game this season today when he officiates Latics visit to Goodison Park to face Everton with Roberto`s men looking to keep their 100% away league win record.
Probert was the 4th official in yesterday`s Manchester United Vs Arsenal game when in the 90th minute he attracted the attention of the match referee had words and stood back as Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger was sent to the stands.
Arsenal appeared to score a late, late equaliser only for the assistants flag to be raised for a correct offside decision and disallow the goal, obviously frustrated Wenger turned around and kicked a water bottle that was in the technical area, passionate yes, confrontational and dangerous no.
Probert stepped in and Wenger was banished for the final 25 seconds of the game to the stands.
Lets hope that the Wiltshire official isn`t as dogmatic today with the two teams at Goodison.
Probert has been refereeing all his adult life and he`s been a Premier League referee since taking charge of the Sheffield United Vs Portsmouth game in January 2007.
A recent interview with refworld.com gives an insight, here is an excerpt:
How did you get introduced into refereeing?
My interest in football began at an early age due to my father managing several amateur local football teams. I was encouraged by him to take the referee`s exam at the age of 16 when I realised that I would not achieve my dream of becoming a professional footballer.
What is the best game you have officiated and why?
To date the most memorable game I have officiated would be the Carling Cup Final 2006/2007 season at the Millennium Stadium between Arsenal and Chelsea. To be involved in such a prestigious final was an acknowledgement of all the hard work and dedication that is required.
Who has been the biggest influence in your career and why?
The constant support and guidance of my parents throughout my career perhaps has been the biggest influence by far, although along the way I have had the pleasure of working alongside experienced coaches who have assisted the development of my career.
Lets hope there are no dodgy decisions today, we want to beat Everton fair and square
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