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Marriner absent from Premier League appointments after Everton nightmare

Andre Marriner finds himself with a League 1 appointment after Everton-Man City gaffes.

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Andre Marriner was appointed to referee a match this upcoming weekend, but that match is in League 1, not the Premier League. The head referee found himself the subject of much criticism after a nightmare officiating performance when Everton visited Manchester City last Saturday.

Marriner, who by most accounts(including Roberto Martinez's), awarded a questionable penalty to Manchester City which resulted in the winner for the Citizens. The referee also chose to keep his cards in his pocket as Elaquim Mangala kicked Everton's Samuel Eto'o in the back, as well as when Gareth Barry received a boot to the head from City's Fernando. Later in the match, Ross Barkley received a yellow card for diving when replays showed there was contact from Frank Lampard.

When the weekend's Premier League referee assignments were released today, Marriner's name was absent from the list. However, his name can be found on the list of those assigned to League 1 matches, and the referee will be in charge when Sheffield United travel to Fleetwood Town this Saturday.

No reason was given for the relegation to League 1, but speculation leads to his performance at the Etihad Stadium. There is also no word on a possible return to the Premier League, but Evertonians won't be campaigning for his reappearance.