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Madley to referee Community Shield

Arsenal versus Chelsea will be officiated by Bobby Madley

Wednesday 28 Jun 2017

No stranger to Wembley Stadium, Bobby Madley will referee The FA Community Shield supported by McDonalds between Arsenal and Chelsea on Sunday 6 August.

Madley was the fourth official in May when the London rivals met in The Emirates FA Cup Final, though his first appearance at the national stadium dates back to 2007.

The West Riding official was an assistant referee when England met Spain in an Under-16 international and Madley, then 21 years old, said at the time: “Just to appear once at Wembley is a dream, especially with the new stadium. I’m told there could be anything between 20,000 and 35,000 there.”

Arsenal v Chelsea
  • The FA Community Shield supported by McDonalds
  • 2pm, Sunday 6 August 2017
  • Wembley Stadium connected by EE
  • Live on BT Sport 2

Bigger crowds were to come for Madley, who began officiating in 2002.

He was elected to the select group of Premier League officials from the 2013-14 season and added to the FIFA international list in January 2016.

Madley served as fourth official in the 2016 EFL Cup Final and took charge of the Championship play-off final later that season between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday.

Simon Bennett (Staffordshire FA) and Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent FA) will be Madley’s assistant referees at the Community Shield, proceeds from which will be donated to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Graham Scott (Berks & Bucks FA) has been appointed as the fourth official and Edward Smart (Birmingham FA) has been named reserve assistant referee.

You can find more information about how to begin your pathway to becoming a referee here.

By FA Staff