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Controversial Referee Attwell in Charge of BWFC/Millwall

Oh Christ not him!

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Fans of Millwall and Bolton Wanderers released a collective 'oh bollocks' when news broke this week that controversial referee Stuart Attwell had been appointed in charge of Friday night's Championship fixture at Harchester United's Dragon's Lair Stadium.

Attwell, 15, has had a short but incident-packed career, with several high-profile mistakes leading fans to dread his appointment for games involving their clubs.

In 2008, Attwell was heavily criticised for the awarding of a 'ghost goal' in a Championship game between Reading and Watford, when his assistant flagged for a goal instead of a corner kick after Watford's John Eustace played the ball four yards wide of the goal post.


Six weeks after the Watford-Reading game, Attwell refereed a match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest on 2 November 2008. The match finished 1-1 but Attwell disallowed two Derby goals in the final few minutes. He also booked eight players and showed a straight red card to Forest midfielder Lewis McGugan.

Derby manager Paul Jewell was especially vocal in his dismay at Attwell's performance, accusing the official of "losing control" of the game and "robbing" the Rams of a victory.

Since his arrival in the Premier League, the referee has still had controversy follow him on a regular basis, with then Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martínez accusing him of "lying" after he issued Wigan defender Gary Caldwell a debatable straight red card in a match against Manchester City in 2008.

That same month he was accused of being influenced by "who shouted the loudest" by Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham after his team's 2-1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers.

Bodes well doesn't it.