In 1982 Messias started refereeing in the York and District Saturday League. He progressed through the lower leagues to The Football League assistant referees list in 1991. He moved on to the Premier League list in 1992 before becoming a FIFA assistant referee in 1994. He was elevated to the Premiership in 2001 and was appointed to the FIFA panel of referees in 2003.
Messias had a rather strange FIFA career: he immediately took charge of matches in the UEFA Cup in his first year, 2003, and retired 3 years later in 2005. He was already a not very popular referee in England, hardly getting a match to officiate, but according to UEFA he was one of the best English referees of his day.
Matt Messias is now a consultant with his own company MMConsultancy
(well he did, but it seems to have dissapeared)
- Matt Messias managed to get two penalty calls wrong in the FA Cup fifth round replay between Liverpool and Portsmouth in 2004. The first penalty was awarded for a nonexistent hands ball, the second for a correct and in fact masterful tackle. Matthew later admitted he had been wrong on both occasions.
- "The Professional Game Match Officials Limited announced that by mutual consent referee Matt Messias will cease to be a select group referee with effect from February 1, 2006," read a statement from the PGMOL.
"The company wishes to thank Matt for his excellent service to senior football for the last 13 years during which time he served on the FIFA International list as an assistant referee and as a referee."
In his penultimate top-flight match, Portsmouth's 1-1 draw with Newcastle in 2005 at Fratton Park, Messias was suspended for 14 days after "less than proficiently applying the laws of the game". The suspension related to his actions in incorrectly showing the yellow card twice to then-Portsmouth striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu.
(this information was copied from this online article on sportinglife.com)
- According to an article on Wikipedia, Matt Messias will move to New Zealand with his family, at the end of 2008.
- Messias is a Christian (well, with a name like that ...). He even once more or less converted a football player, who wrote a book about it.
Statistics for MATTHEW MESSIAS
Based on 9 international matches
MATCHES FOR MATTHEW MESSIAS
|UEFA Cup 2005 - 2006|
|1st round||Kobenhavn||Hamburger SV||2005-09-29||0 - 1||14 (6-8)||3 (2-1)||1 (0-1)||0 (0-0)|
|WC 2006 qualifiers - Europe|
|Macedonia||Finland||2005-08-17||0 - 3||5 (3-2)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|UEFA Cup 2004 - 2005|
|round of 32||Villarreal||Dynamo Kyiv||2005-02-24||2 - 0||10 (5-5)||1 (1-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|group stage||Feyenoord||Schalke 04||2004-12-01||2 - 1||4 (3-1)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|1st round||BanskÃ¡ Bystrica||Benfica||2004-09-16||0 - 3||6 (3-3)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|Ireland||Portugal||2005-02-09||1 - 0||2 (1-1)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|Euro 2004 u21|
|1/2 finals||Sweden u21||Serbia and Montenegro u21||2004-06-05||1 - 1||7 (1-6)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|group stage||Switzerland u21||Portugal u21||2004-05-30||2 - 2||4 (2-2)||1 (0-1)||1 (0-1)||0 (0-0)|
|group stage||Italy u21||Belarus u21||2004-05-27||1 - 2||4 (3-1)||1 (1-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|