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Oliver to referee Sheffield derby clash

Premier League referee Michael Oliver will be the man in the middle for this Sunday's Steel City derby clash between Wednesday and United at Bramall Lane.

The Football League announced its official appointments today and Oliver, who regularly takes control of top-flight matches, will be the man to control what's set to be a feisty first Sheffield derby match of the season.

Oliver, from Northumberland, who promoted to the Select Group of Referees in 2010 and later that year became the youngest-ever Premier League referee.

But he's caught the headlines for all the wrong reasons so far this season, being the man in charge when Aston Villa were awarded a controversial penalty in their 1-1 draw at QPR earlier this term. Armand Traore was adjudged to have pulled the shirt of Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, a decision which angered R's boss Neil Warnock at the time.

Simon Long and Simon Barrow will assist him, while Neil Swarbrick will be the fourth official.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 10 2011

Time: 10:30PM

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Lets hope he dont spoil a good game and kill the passion UTO
wads wiggle
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11/10/2011 00:01:00

You'd hope it wouldn't matter, meaning the last person you'd want to see out there is the ref. I just hope both sides don't decide their happy to play the first twenty minutes without a ball.
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11/10/2011 12:33:00

Anyone nervous yet
Radon Barrier
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11/10/2011 12:34:00

Yes Radon Sean Bean, Danny Wilson, Keith Edwards, Fatty Currie oh and M_O
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11/10/2011 12:45:00

They cold put a monkey in the middle, I dont give a toss. Now we seem to have pieced the jig saw together. Just bring the pigs to slaughter and all will be wonderful in Wednesdayland
Kettering OWL 1963
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11/10/2011 12:57:00

Shouldn't be too hard on M_O. He's helped to polarize support for the manager if nothing else. And those subliminal coaching tips (passing, not relying on set pieces & shooting from distance) seem to be doing the trick an' all! :0D
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11/10/2011 14:17:00

Danny Wilson is 20/1 to be new Northern Ireland Manager. Its a poison challice - so should he try to make a team out of poor players that he knows is never gonna have a chance of even competing - let alone winning - or should he take the Nothern Ireland managers Job instead?
Radon Barrier
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11/10/2011 14:55:00

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11/10/2011 15:47:00

useles trivia time everybody! ! ! ! for the past to summers me and some friends have been competing against michael oliver in a treasure hunt around northumberland.
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11/10/2011 19:08:00

Love it Randon classic
Wads Wiggle
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11/10/2011 20:35:00

Would prefer a slightly more experienced ref, Oliver's only about 15. Let's hope we're not talking about the ref after the game, only a magnificent Owls victory and going level at the top with Charlton after they lose!!!!
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