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Premier League referee quits aged 32 due to 'change in his personal circumstances'

Regarded as one of the finest officials in the English game, Bobby Madley has decided to retire.

Madley has officiated in the top flight since 2013.
Madley has officiated in the top flight since 2013.

BOBBY MADLEY HAS quit his role as a Premier League referee.

The 32-year-old, reportedly regarded as a rising star in officiating, has retired suddenly, with the reasons behind his departure still unclear.

“Bobby Madley is no longer employed by PGMOL,” read a statement from the Professional Game Match Officials organisation.

“We understand that he has decided to relocate due to a change in his personal circumstances.”

Madley has been referee for a number of high-profile encounters, including last season’s Community Shield, as well as matches between Tottenham and Manchester United and Liverpool and Arsenal.

He wasn’t involved during the first Premier League weekend, however, and will not referee another game, having taken charge of 91 matches to date.

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