Bio
Robert Styles
Born: 1964-04-21
Intl. since: 2002-01-01
Hometown: Waterlooville (Hampshire)
Country: England
Speaks: English
Occupation: professional referee
Hobbies:

Styles started refereeing in 1987 in Portsmouth and progressed through the Wessex and Isthmian leagues to the National list of referees in 1996.

achievements

Robert Styles was active in the premiership from the year 2000.
He officiated many FA Premier League matches. One of his biggest achievements so far was the 2005 FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester United.

cap

Styles earned his Fifa badge in 2002.
About his first international appearance, a 2002 U-19 match between Germany and Poland he had this to say: "It was like a player winning his first international cap and that is what it meant to me".

retirement

Styles retired June 2009, age 45. A lack of support from the PGMO (Professional Game Match Officials board) criticism from managers and papers, probably made him decide to quit.

Did you know
ISTHMIAN

  • As a young referee Robert Styles thought George Courtney was the best referee, because Courtney made it to the World Cup in 1986 and 1990. More recently he would say that Philip Don and David Ellery are the top two referees.
  • There is an on-line petition for getting Robert Styles removed from the referee's list "for the sake of football's own good".
  • According to Robert Styles "the best referees have what I call moral courage and an unflappable sense of what is right and wrong. All the top referees may have different ways but they all have these qualities".
  • According to the Guardian Styles usually keeps the game flowing but "can snap like a croupier on speed to deal the cards".
  • Rob Styles was banned for one match in 2007 after he had awarded a dubious penalty to Chelsea in a match against Liverpool. He also showed a second yellow card to Essien without sending him off. Styles said he didn't show the card to Essien, but still had it in his hands, after showing it to John Terry, when he indicated a free kick.
    Styles later apologized to Liverpool's manager Benitez.
Statistics
Statistics for ROBERT STYLES
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 4 1 5
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 38 47 85
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 2 3 5
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.13 0.03 0.08
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1.23 1.52 1.37
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.06 0.1 0.08

Based on 31 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR ROBERT STYLES
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Premier League
Manchester UnitedBolton Wanderers2008-09-272 - 0 3 (0-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2008 - 2009
1st roundSevilla FCSalzburg2008-09-182 - 0 6 (1-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 2nd roundAPOELCrvena Zvezda2008-08-142 - 2 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2008 qualifiers
HungaryGreece2007-11-211 - 2 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2007 - 2008
1st roundAIK SolnaHapoel Tel Aviv2007-10-040 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Mandela Inauguration Challenge Cup
South AfricaEgypt2006-11-150 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2006 - 2007
group stageBragaLiberec2006-11-024 - 0 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundEintracht FrankfurtBrøndby2006-09-144 - 0 6 (3-3)2 (0-2)2 (2-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2006-2007
qualifiers 2nd roundDinamo ZagrebEkranas2006-08-025 - 2 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2005-2006
group stageJuventusClub Brugge2005-11-221 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2005 - 2006
1st roundSevilla FCMainz2005-09-150 - 0 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intertoto 2005
3rd roundTampereLazio2005-07-231 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2006 qualifiers - Europe
LuxembourgSlovakia2005-06-080 - 4 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2006 u21 qualifiers
Netherlands u21Czech Republic u212004-09-070 - 0 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2004 - 2005
group stageAustria WienClub Brugge2004-12-011 - 1 6 (5-1)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundVfB StuttgartUjpest2004-09-304 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 2nd roundMariborBuducnost Banatski2004-08-260 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
NorwayFinland2009-04-013 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
AustraliaDenmark2007-02-071 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
EgyptSouth Africa2006-11-151 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
AustraliaNorway2004-11-162 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SwedenNetherlands2004-08-182 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BrazilJamaica2003-10-121 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly tournament
JamaicaIreland2004-06-020 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2003 - 2004
1st roundKairat AlmatyThun2003-09-241 - 2 7 (3-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundKaiserslauternTeplice2003-09-241 - 2 7 (3-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiersDinamo MinskBrøndby2003-08-280 - 2 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2004 u21 qualifiers
play-offsFrance u21Portugal u212003-11-181 - 2 5 (3-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Romania u21Denmark u212003-03-280 - 1 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2002 - 2003
4th roundAEKMalaga2003-02-270 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiersAtyrauMatador Puchov2002-08-150 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)