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Whistleblower - v Newcastle United

Whistleblower - v Newcastle United

A very familiar face will be officiating in this encounter; Mr Chris Foy will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

It will be the third time this season that Chris has officiated a Pompey match and apart from one particularly memorable blunder, he has always been a fair and reliable man who tends to use reason rather than resorting to brandishing his cards, which is reflected in his referees` table position of 18th out of 20 (unlike the Premier Table, the lower the referee the better in many ways).

In the 19 matches he has officiated in so far this season, he has shown his red card only once, and produced his yellow card just 39 times, giving an average of 2.11 per match. Of those yellows issued, one was for Todorov in the 4-0 win at Middlesbrough and another was for Thompson during the 2-1 home win over Watford. The other match that Chris officiated was of course Tottenham away, where he made a dreadful decision to give Spurs a penalty that never was, against Pedro Mendes. Chris at least had the decency to apologise later to Harry Redknapp for his error, shame he was unable to undo the penalty though. But on the whole, Chris has brought good luck to Pompey and records show he has only seen us lose twice in over 15 matches. Conversely, Chris has only officiated in one match involving Newcastle this season and that was their 1-2 home defeat to Fulham back at the start of September.

Chris started refereeing in 1983 before becoming a linesman in the Football League in 1994. A year later he progressed to the Premier League as a linesman then followed that in 1996 as a Football League Referee. He graduated to the Premier League as a referee in 2001. His most recent major match he was involved in was the 2006 Championship Play-off final where he was the Fourth Official. Chris lists his interests and hobbies as training, watching sport and spending time with family.

Portsmouth v Newcastle United - Saturday 14th April 2007
Kick Off- 3.00 p.m.

Chris Foy (Merseyside)

Referee Assistants
Mike Cairns (Northamptonshire)
Mike Mullarkey (Devon)

4th Official
Jarnail Singh (Middlesex)

Match Delegate
John Morton

Paul Durkin

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Date:Friday April 13 2007
Time: 12:31PM


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13/04/2007 12:48:00
plenty worse than him around, at least the game should flow
13/04/2007 13:13:00
He's actually one of the best in my opinion Russell, as you say he lets the game flow and he uses common sense - unlike that idiot Graham Poll. Did everyone see what he did for Charlton the other day, caused a right headache for the FA now?
13/04/2007 13:22:00
Not sure I agree with Poll's 'antics' at Charlton being harmful, TPB; 'Pardew had been to see the referee during the break to ask for a 'signal' should the young Cameroon player (Song) walk the tightrope again. Pardew said that if he makes another challenge which you are unhappy about . . . . and the next one is going to be it, then please let me know'. And he did. Is there any manager who wouldn't want to know this valuable piece of information? And it's within the law. Foy is fine - for now, anyway.
13/04/2007 14:48:00
At least it aint Urine Heap.
13/04/2007 16:06:00
Foy is top notch, any official who keeps a low profile is right by me
13/04/2007 19:25:00
I don't mind Mr Foy, he did give that shocker for Spurs against us but surely he could have had more help from his assistant... Certainly could be a lot worse...
14/04/2007 10:09:00
Et_tu_Pompeii - it was very harmful to the other clubs below Charlton if they are relegated at the end of the season. Reading could not break Charlton down with eleven men, but they may well have gone on to win against ten. The clubs below could well accuse Poll of perverting the course of events with his actions, after all that one point Charlton got at Reading could save them and condemn the others. I wonder how people would view it had it been us in the bottom three when that had happened?
14/04/2007 11:10:00
Proved hes a sucker for a dive again today
14/04/2007 21:43:00
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