Referee Michael Riley bio

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Riley posing in action
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Born
1964-12-17
Intl. since
1999-01-01
Hometown
Leeds
Country
England
Speaks
English
Occupation
financial director
Hobbies
cricket, squash
 
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elite

2012-06-26

Born in Rotherham, living near Leeds, the number 17 referee of the world in 2006 Michael Riley had a quick start in his career that later on seemed to have been stalled a bit. He was a UEFA Elite Category referee until halfway 2009 when he retired and became the General Manager Designate of the PGMOL.

Euro 2004
Starting on the highest level in England in 1996, he earned his FIFA badge in 1999 and officiated his first Champions League match in 2001. He was in charge of matches in the U-18's EC 2000 in Germany and 2 matches in European Championships Finals 2004 in Portugal.

Finals
Mike Riley refereed the 2002 FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea and the Bolton v Middlesbrough 2004 Carling Cup Final.

cards and fouls
Mike Riley whistled a lot during a match and he booked a lot too. In fact he was the number two on the "most cards in a Champions League match" list.
He showed 11 yellow in 2007, AS Roma-Lyon.

From our reporter: James Ng