LUFC Controversial ref in charge of Bristol clash
Stuart Atwell will be the man in charge when Leeds United travel to Bristol City this weekend.
The Warwickshire official has never been far away from the headlines since breaking onto the National list at the start of the 2007/08 season at just 25.
In his first season, he showed nine red cards in his 32 games and he finished the season by taking charge of the League Two play-off final.
Atwell was fast tracked into the Premier League the following season, 2008/09, but after a controversial decision in the game between Watford and Reading in September, he was demoted back to the Football League for two months.
He somehow awarded a goal to Reading despite the ball behind two yards outside the post of the goal, much to the astonishment of everyone in the ground.
Just a few weeks after returning to the Premier League, he was once again the centre of attention in the East Midlands derby between Derby County and Nottingham Forest. He showed eight yellow cards and a red to Lewis McGugan in the game and he incensed the Derby manager Paul Jewell when he disallowed two Derby goals in the closing minutes.
His performance once again saw him saw him rested for the following week.
In that season, he showed 94 yellow cards and 8 reds in just 30 games.
Last season he continued to make all the wrong headlines and he was criticised heavily for separate incidents that season at Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
He allowed a Liverpool goal in the game with Sunderland when he deemed that the Sunderland player had played the ball at a free kick.
In the game at Tottenham, he sent off Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill when he showed him a straight red card for what he deemed a professional foul. Cahill fouled Spurs midfielder Scott Parker close to the halfway line but Attwell deemed that Cahill had denied Parker a clear goalscoring chance.
Cahill won his appeal against the sending off and after negotiations with the Premier League; Attwell was once again demoted to the Football League.
Last season he took charge of 32 games, showing 102 yellow cards and 6 reds.
So far this season he has taken charge of 7 games, showing 20 yellow cards and 1 red.
His first game in charge of Leeds came in the 2008/09 season, when the whites won 1-0 at Wycombe Wanderers.
The only other time he has taken charge of Leeds was in March when they drew 0-0 at Hull City.
Referee: Stuart Atwell (Warwickshire)
Assistants: Wayne Barratt & Gary Evatts
Fourth Official: Kevin Johnson
Vital Leeds are the proud sponsors of the Thames Valley Whites Regional Supporters club
The fastest growing Leeds United supporters club in the South of England, with over 200 members since its formation in April 2009, travel to all games home and away.
The branch has pick up points at Basingstoke, Reading, Didcot, Abingdon, Oxford, Bicester and Banbury and will consider other pick up points on request.
Vital Leeds offers everything that a Leeds United supporter could wish for. If you can think of something and suggest it, we`ll put it on the website!
With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!
You can even win prizes, by posting articles comments, posting on the message forum and voting on the polls.
Vital is also 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll so you can air your views.
So why not join Vital today?
It's easy to register here and enjoy getting involved
To visit the message board, click here.
This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Leeds .
Vital Leeds is now available on both facebook and twitter, so if you are that way inclined and more importantly understand all this new fangled dangled stuff, feel free to watch us, poke us or whatever else you are meant to do there!
Vital Leeds on:
Vital Leeds on:
Join Vital Leeds
It's easy to REGISTER HERE, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!
Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.