EPL: Sacked referee Lee Mason rehired by PGMOL
Lee Mason, the referee who faced significant criticism and was removed from his duties last season due to high-profile errors, has been reinstated by the Professional Games Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) to take on a new role as a trainer for new officials.
The Daily Mail has reported that Mason’s rehiring involves working with officials across various leagues, including the Premier League, EFL, and Women’s Super League, with a particular focus on Leagues One and Two.
Mason had served as a Premier League referee from 2007 to 2022, officiating a total of 287 English top-flight matches before transitioning to become a full-time VAR official.
In his new capacity, Mason will not be involved in the VAR decision-making process, which comes as a relief to many given his previous notable errors. These errors include incorrectly disallowing a goal for Newcastle United in a game against Crystal Palace and failing to disallow Brentford’s equalizer against Arsenal for a clear offside, a decision that garnered significant attention as it occurred during a period when Arsenal was leading the Premier League table, potentially impacting the title race.
While Mason’s return is not without controversy due to these past incidents, his focus will now be on training and guiding new officials, and his experience could be valuable in helping develop a new generation of referees.