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Aston Villa vs Everton: Who is the referee for the match this weekend?

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Aston Villa vs Everton kicks off at 5.30pm this Saturday in the Premier League - and the game will be officiated by Craig Pawson.

Here are the match officials in full for the fixture. 

Referee: Craig Pawson

Sheffield-born Craig Pawson has been refereeing since 1993 and regulating officiating in the Football League since 2012. He first refereed in the Premier League in March 2013, during a Swansea City win against Newcastle United. 

Pawson officiated the Championship playoff semi-final between Derby County and Leeds United in 2019 - following the Spygate affair earlier in the season - controversially awarding Derby a penalty in the second half, before reversing his decision on the advice of his assistant. Pawson was also responsible for David Luiz’s contentious red card for Arsenal last season against Wolves. 

Assistants: Simon Bennett, Dan Robathan

Staffordshire-based Simon Bennett was assistant referee at the 2021 FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester City, before going to Euro 2020. He also ran the line at three Champions League matches during the 2020/21 season. 

Dan Robathan was assistant referee for 30 Premier League matches for the 2020/21 season and first officiated in the Football League in 2011 at the age of 22. The Coventry-based assistant referee ran the line at the FA Vase Final 2013, ETC Trophy Final 2016 and League One playoff final in 2016.

Fourth Official: Simon Hooper

Simon Hooper was promoted to Select Group 2 in 2016 and took charge of the League One play-off final between Bradford City and Millwall at the end of the 2016/17 season. He went on to referee 42 games in all competitions in 2017/18.

Hooper was promoted to Select Group 1 alongside David Coote for the 2018/19 campaign, aged 36.

VAR: Paul Tierney

Wigan-born Paul Tierney has been refereeing in the Premier League since 2014 and was promoted to the FIFA list of Referees on 1 January 2018.

Tierney officiated the Championship play-off final between Aston Villa and Derby County and the 2021 League Cup Final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.Kavanagh was appointed to FIFA’s international referees list in 2019. 

Assistant VAR: Lee Betts

Norwich-based Lee Betts has been a Select Group and FIFA Assistant referee since August 2016. Betts was assistant for the League Cup final 2021. 

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