Robert Madley given Watford-Sunderland game so soon after Stoke controversy

Robert Madley, the referee who sent off Miguel Britos and booked four others against Stoke, will take charge of the game against Sunderland on Saturday.

Madley left the field at half-time and full-time of the game against the Potters to a chorus of boos after the home fans strongly felt he was not even-handed in his officiating of the game. Walter Mazarri described his performance as “terrible”, so it is a surprise that Madley, who has handed out ten bookings in the two games he has take charge of since, has been given a Watford game so soon after. Troy Deeney had a long chat with Madley at half-time of the game while Nordin Amrabat and Jose Holebas were both booked for dissent.

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Watford remain top of the discipline table but of greater concern is the fact that Miguel Britos and Troy Deeney are just one booking away from a suspension while Jose Holebas is three away from a two-game ban.

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Before Saturday’s game against Everton, Watford were averaging a league high of 14.6 fouls per game. “I told my players that they have to be careful not to protest against decisions so that they do not get booked,” Mazzarri said before the game against the Toffees. “During the game, when there is a foul committed, I have nothing to tell my players. I think we may do less fouls than other teams in the Premier League.”

Watford’s yellow card tally

Holebas 7
Behrami 5
Britos 4
Deeney 4
Amrabat 3
Guedioura 2
Prodl 2
Pereyra 2
Cathcart 1
Capoue 1
Success 1
Ighalo 1
Zuniga 1
Okaka 1
Gomes 1

Total: 36

Red cards:

Ben Watson
Miguel Britos
Roberto Pereyra