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Referee Bobby Madden resigns from SFA after almost two decades in Scotland and relocates to England

Transfer news… for referees! Bobby Madden resigns from the SFA after serving nearly 20 years in Scotland as he moves to England to take charge of EFL games next season

  • Referee Bobby Madden moves to England to serve in the lower divisions
  • He has been a referee in Scotland for over 20 years but is moving for work reasons
  • 43-year-old was a FIFA referee for 12 years before focusing on domestic football
  • Madden has been criticized for his performance in the Scottish Cup in April

Scottish referee Bobby Madden will switch to English football this summer and will take charge of games in the EFL from next season.

Madden will join the National Group of Referees, who are expected to be mainly involved in matches in Leagues One and Two after moving south for professional reasons.

The 43-year-old from East Kilbride has a huge amount of experience behind him. His two decades of service with the Scottish FA has spanned over a thousand games, including the Scottish Cup and League Cup finals.

Bobby Madden moves to England to mainly act in Leagues One and Two

Bobby Madden moves to England to mainly act in Leagues One and Two

Madden led over a thousand matches in Scotland during his time north of the border

Madden led over a thousand matches in Scotland during his time north of the border

He ended 12 years as a FIFA referee earlier this year, declaring his intention to focus on domestic football and sparking controversy with his appearance in the Scottish Cup semi-final, when Rangers defeated Celtic at Hampden Park, in April.

Former Celtic star Chris Sutton, who provided live commentary on TV, claimed he was “embarrassing himself” and was particularly outraged by the decision not to send Rangers Kemar Roofe off for a second yellow card.

Sportsmail columnist Sutton later said on Twitter: ‘Celtic was poor but Bobby Madden delivered one of the worst refereeing performances I’ve seen in Scotland in a long time…and that’s saying something!!!’

Chris Sutton was angry over Bobby Madden's performance in the Scottish Cup final in April

Chris Sutton was angry over Bobby Madden’s performance in the Scottish Cup final in April

On his departure from the Scottish FA, Madden said: “I would like to thank the Scottish FA for their support over the years – from my first game as a young umpire to several derby matches and international appointments.

“It’s been quite a journey in that time, from the Scottish Cup final to umpires and training during a pandemic, but for a number of reasons the time has come for me to move and so I’m grateful for the opportunity at the FA. †

In response, the SFA thanked Madden, who became a FIFA referee in 2010.

Madden sent Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos in 2019 Old Firm derby

Madden sent Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos in 2019 Old Firm derby

A statement on behalf of the England Refereeing Association said: ‘PGMOL can confirm that Bobby Madden will join the National Group of Referees from the 2022-23 season.

“Madden will mainly be responsible for the games in League One and League Two.”

If the performance is good enough, Madden can be promoted to a full-time role in the Championship.

He is a first-class referee, having previously refereed in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

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