Mike Riley (referee)
|Full name||Michael Riley|
17 December 1964|
|1989–1994||Football League||Asst. referee|
Michael Riley (born 17 December 1964) is an ex-professional football referee from Leeds in West Yorkshire, who has refereed matches in the Football League, FA Premier League and for FIFA. Riley currently serves as the general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited.
Riley became a national Football League referee in 1994, having previously served five years on their assistant referees' list. He was later granted FIFA status in 1999 allowing him to officiate international fixtures.
Riley took charge of the 2004 Football League Cup Final, between Bolton and Middlesbrough, in a game that saw all three goals scored within the first 25 minutes. He awarded a penalty to Middlesbrough after seven minutes and cautioned five players during the course of the game.
Riley refereed the 2004 match between Manchester United and Arsenal, also known as the Battle of the Buffet, with the result ending Arsenal's record-breaking 49 match unbeaten run.
Riley was invited to go to Hong Kong to take charge of the Hong Kong FA Cup 2006-07 final between South China and Happy Valley in 2007. South China won by 3–1, allowing them to achieve a treble in local competitions (First Division League, Senior Shield and FA Cup). Riley gave three penalty kicks in the match, two for South China and one for Happy Valley.
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|Please Note: There are no available records prior to 1997/1998|
- "David Moyes questions Mike Riley's allegiance to Manchester United". London: The Guardian. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
- Profile Archived 15 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine. at the Football League Official website
- "FA Cup Final 2002 – the highlight" of Mike Riley's career: Interview at TheFA.com
- Confirmation of appointments for Euro 2004: OfficialSports.co.uk
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_prem/3727552.stm Match report from the BBC website
- Hong Kong FA Cup Final, match report: EnglishSINA.com
| FA Charity Shield
| FA Cup Final Referee
| League Cup Final