Natalie Aspinall to be the second Premier League female assistant ref

Natalie Aspinall to become the second female assistant referee in the Premier League after Sian Massey-Ellis as the PGMOL confirm four promotions to the top flight for next season

  • The refereeing governing body has announced four new promotions next year
  • Natalie Aspinall will become the second Premier League female assistant referee
  • Ref Tom Bramall and assistants Nick Greenhalgh, Steve Meredith are also added

Natalie Aspinall was announced as the second female assistant referee in the Premier League

Natalie Aspinall has been announced as just the second female assistant referee in the Premier League, after Sian Massey-Ellis.

PGMOL, the refereeing governing body in England, confirmed four promotions to the English top-flight on Tuesday.

Yorkshire referee Tom Bramall, plus assistants Nick Greenhalgh and Steve Meredith were also bumped up to ‘Select Group 1’ – the highest-ranking officials in the country.

Lancashire’s Aspinall follows in the footsteps of current top-flight official Sian Massey-Ellis

PGMOL chief Mike Riley said: ‘Their promotions are recognition for not only their dedication and commitment but also consistently high standard of performances. We are sure they will all have a positive impact on Select Group 1 next season.

‘Natalie, Nick and Steve are experienced assistant referees and have earned their place at this level. Natalie, who is a fantastic ambassador for English refereeing on the international stage… will work alongside her now-colleague Sian Massey-Ellis.’ 

Aspinall, a 40-year-old from Lancashire, will be the third female assistant in Premier League history after Wendy Toms, who worked in the 1990s, and current assistant Massey-Ellis.

PGMOL chief Mike Riley (pictured above) announced four promotions to the English top-flight

In addition, assistant referees Andrew Aylott, Greg Read, Matt Smith and Mark Stevens were added to Select Group 2 and will mainly work in the Championship.

Five officials – Adam Herczeg, Sunny Gill, Tom Kirk, Tom Parsons and Martin Woods – were promoted to the National Group of referees for next season, and will generally take charge in League One and League Two games. 

Gill has followed in the footsteps of dad Jarnail Singh, who was the first turbaned referee in the history of English league football, and took charge of more than 150 games between 2004 and 2010. 




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