Stuart Attwell handed Premier League recall

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Stuart Attwell is set to return to action and take charge of Leicester vs West Brom on Saturday, nearly three years after he was dropped from the Premier League for a series of poor decisions and mistakes. 

Attwell remains the youngest person to referee in the Premier League, after he made his debut at the age of 25. Now 32, the Nuneaton ref is preparing for his comeback and will be hoping it is a lengthy one this time round. 

The 32-year-old is responsible for the 'ghost goal' which he awarded during a championship clash between Reading and Watford back in 2008. The goal was given to Reading striker Noel Hunt at Vicarage Road, despite quite clearly going wide of the post.


Attwell has not refereed in the Premier League since January 1, 2012, where he was in control of West Bromwich Albion's home fixture against Everton, which the away side won. 

The referee has earned the right to have a second chance of refereeing at the highest tier with many solid performances in the Championship this season, according to Professional Game Match Officials Ltd.

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And he will take charge of Manchester City's cup tie with Newcastle on Wednesday night, which will give him the chance to get used to the top level of English football once again. 

Ghost goal

The 'ghost goal' - which can be viewed HERE - is one of the most unusual goals to have ever been awarded in football, mainly for the fact that the ball did not actually cross the line at any point. 

Reading forward Noel Hunt appeared to attempt to keep the ball from going out of play, at which point Attwell indicated it was a goal for the away side, much to the despair of the Watford players.

Leicester v West Brom

Attwell will start his new stint in the Premier League in charge of the same team as when he refereed the final game of his last reign, The Baggies.

One point separates the two sides, with Leicester currently sitting one place outside the relegation zone on nine points, whilst West Brom are in thirteenth position on ten points following a late Saido Berahino penalty which rescued them a draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Both Albion and Leicester are without a win since September, when the Baggies beat Burnley 4-0 and The Foxes defeated Man United in a 5-3 thriller. 

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