Bio
Stephen Bennett
Born: 1961-01-17
Intl. since: 2001-01-01
Hometown: Orpington (Kent)
Country: England
Speaks: English
Occupation: Teacher
Hobbies: Computing, golf, travel

Stephen Graham Bennett started refereeing in 1984 and became a Football League linesman in 1992. A year later he became a Premier League assistant referee. He joined The Football League referees list in 1995, and has been a regular in the FA Premier League since 1999.
He finally made it to official FIFA referee in 2001.

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Steve Bennett has refereed many important matches in his career including ten Champions League matches, qualifiers for Germany 2006 and two for Euro 2008. At the end of 2006 he had to resign internationally.

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Bennett refereed the 2005 League Cup final at the Millennium Stadium between Chelsea and Liverpool.
He also took charge of the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match in March 2006 between Benfica and Barcelona; the game ending in 0-0.

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He was chosen to referee the 2007 FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United on 19 May, the first at the new Wembley Stadium.

Did you know
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  • On june 30th 2002, Stephen Bennett officiated the final between the world's two worst national teams at that time - Montserrat and Bhutan. The match, an idea by two Dutch film makers, was held in the Chlanglimithang Stadium in Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. A match played for the fun of playing. The home team won 4-0 (www.theotherfinal.com)
  • In 2004 he was criticized by FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, after having sent off Everton's Tim Cahill for removing his shirt after scoring against Manchester City.
  • Bennett is a patient referee: in 2006 he produced a card every 6.9 fouls, the lowest total for a Premiership official that year.
  • An undercover journalist from a news paper one caught him saying he believed some players deliberately have themselves booked twice before the Christmas season.
Statistics
Statistics for STEPHEN BENNETT
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 3 4 7
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 68 97 165
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 5 6 11
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.08 0.11 0.09
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1.79 2.55 2.17
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.13 0.16 0.14

Based on 38 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR STEPHEN BENNETT
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Euro 2008 qualifiers
SwedenSpain2006-10-072 - 0 8 (2-6)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SlovakiaCzech Republic2006-09-060 - 3 3 (3-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2006-2007
group stageOlympiakosShakhtar2006-12-051 - 1 7 (2-5)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAEKLille OSC2006-11-011 - 0 7 (2-5)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageInternazionaleBayern Munich2006-09-270 - 2 6 (3-3)2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundFenerbahce SKDynamo Kyiv2006-08-232 - 2 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2005 - 2006
round of 16Levski SofiaUdinese2006-03-162 - 1 6 (4-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
round of 32Lokomotiv MoskvaSevilla FC2006-02-150 - 1 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
BrazilArgentina2006-09-033 - 0 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
FranceGermany2005-11-120 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
GermanyHungary2004-06-060 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
NorwayPortugal2003-09-100 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2005-2006
1/4 finalsBenficaBarcelona2006-03-280 - 0 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageReal MadridRosenborg2005-10-194 - 1 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBarcelonaUdinese2005-09-274 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundPartizanArtmedia Petrzalka2005-08-230 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2004 - 2005
group stageBeverenVfB Stuttgart2004-10-211 - 5 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2006 qualifiers - Europe
NorwayMoldova2005-10-081 - 0 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SpainBosnia-Herzegovina2005-06-081 - 1 10 (1-9)2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
AlbaniaUkraine2005-02-090 - 2 4 (0-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
NetherlandsFinland2004-10-133 - 1 4 (0-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2004-2005
1st knockoutMonacoPSV2005-03-090 - 2 6 (3-3)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageMaccabi Tel AvivBayern Munich2004-09-150 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundClub BruggeShakhtar2004-08-252 - 2 5 (2-3)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2006 qualifiers - Africa
2nd stageSudanLibya2004-06-030 - 1 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2003 - 2004
4th roundBordeauxClub Brugge2004-03-113 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
3rd roundInternazionaleSochaux2004-03-030 - 0 4 (3-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundRosenborgCrvena Zvezda2003-10-290 - 0 5 (2-3)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2003-2004
group stageReal MadridPorto2003-12-091 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stagePSVMonaco2003-09-171 - 2 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intertoto 2003
final roundSchalke 04Austria Kärnten2003-08-260 - 0 6 (4-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
final roundSchalke 04Pasching2003-08-260 - 0 7 (4-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2004 qualifiers
SwitzerlandAlbania2003-06-113 - 2 5 (1-4)0 (0-0)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2002 - 2003
2nd roundNational BucurestiPSG2002-10-310 - 2 6 (3-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundVarteksMidtjylland2002-10-031 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2002-2003
qualifiers 2nd roundPyunikDynamo Kyiv2002-08-072 - 2 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2001 - 2002
1st roundUnion BerlinHaka2001-09-273 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2002 u21 qualifiers
Belarus u21Norway u212001-03-271 - 0 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)