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Michael Oliver to referee Spain vs Israel

Spain v Israel

Michael Oliver to referee Spain vs Israel

Premier League referee Michael Oliver will officiate in Gijón on Friday, he caused controversy during the recent FA Cup tie between Chelsea and Man United

WILL OLIVER

EFE

Premier League referee Michael Oliver will officiate in Gijón on Friday, he caused controversy during the recent FA Cup tie between Chelsea and Manchester United
England vs Spain

Englishman Michael Oliver will be the man with the whistle between his lips as Spain face Israel in Gijón, a match that takes place in a politically-charged atmosphere

The qualifying match at El Molinon kicks off at 20:45 (CET) on Friday evening.

Premier League's youngest ref

Oliver became the youngest referee to officiate a Premier League match in August 2010, when he refereed a clash between Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers at St Andrews. He was just 25 years old.

For Oliver, who hails from the North East of England and supports Newcastle United, refereeing is a family affair. His father, Clive, was also a Football League referee. In a curious twist of fate, both Olivers officiated at Wembley Stadium on the same weekend in 2009. Clive took charge of the League Two play-off final, before Michael officiated the League One play-off final the following day.

Oliver incurs Mou's wrath

José Mourinho was none too impressed by Oliver's decision to send off Manchester United's Ander Herrera, in a recent FA Cup tie with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Herrera received two yellow cards in the first half, both for fouls on Eden Hazard. Oliver had already warned United players about persistently fouling the tricky Belgian. 

Michael Oliver to referee Spain vs Israel

After the match, Mourinho was visibly displeased. He commented that in the four Manchester United matches that Oliver has officiated this season, the referee has awarded three penalties and one red card against the 'Red Devils'.

Newcastle favour?

Oliver also drew criticism in April 2016, following his decision not to award Norwich City a penalty against Crystal Palace. Damien Delaney appeared to have fouled Matt Jarvis in the box. At the time, Norwich were scrapping with Newcastle, Oliver's team, for Premier League survival.

Former referee Mark Halsey questioned whether Oliver should have been allowed to officiate a match that he had an emotional interest in. "I'm not questioning Michael's integrity", Halsey told TalkSPORT, while ostensibly doing exactly that.

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