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Kavanagh In Charge For Arsenal Game

18 January 2018

The match referee for Saturday’s trip to The Emirates for the game against Arsenal is Chris Kavanagh.

Chris became a Select Group 1 referee for the 2017/18 season after working his way up the football pyramid.

The Manchester-born referee started officiating in 1998 as a 13-year-old, plying his trade in local football, before being promoted to take charge of matches in the National League in 2012.

Kavanagh refereed in the Football League regularly from the 2014/15 season and in 2016/17 he was the man in the middle on 27 occasions for the EFL Championship campaign.

Prior to his promotion to Select Group 1 status, Kavanagh made his Premier League debut in April 2017 as West Bromwich Albion lost to Southampton 1-0 at The Hawthorns, while he has been fourth official in the top flight on a number of occasions.

This will be his first match this season taking charge of an Arsenal or Crystal Palace match but this campaign he has taken charge of 18 games, showing 61 yellow cards and making one dismissal.  

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