The English Premier League faces a crisis in the lack of referees before the start of the new season


British press reports revealed today, Tuesday, that the English Premier League is facing a major shortage of experienced referees during the next season of the Premier League 2022-2023.

And the British newspaper, “Telegraph”, stated in its report that the English Premier League is facing an unprecedented shortage of experienced referees next season, following the retirement of referee Kevin Friend.

The newspaper added that Kevin Friend retired from refereeing to take over a position in the refereeing department, explaining that he became the fourth referee with experience in managing English Premier League matches to decide to retire in the last season.

The newspaper pointed out that Kevin Friend, 50, is the youngest referee to announce their retirement, after Mike Dean, 54, Jonathan Moss, 51, and Martin Atkinson, 51.

The newspaper pointed out that the retired referees have great experience in managing matches in the English Premier League, adding that there may be no other option this season than to rely on less experienced referees in matches.

The draw for the English Premier League competitions resulted in Arsenal facing its host Crystal Palace in the opening match of the new Premier League season, scheduled to be held on Friday, August 5.

Manchester City, the holder of the English Premier League title for the 2022 season, will begin his defense of the Premier League title against West Ham in the first round of the new football season 2023, and Liverpool, the professional in its ranks, will meet Egyptian international Mohamed Salah with Fulham.

The start of the English Premier League 2022/23 season on August 5 will be the earliest season in the history of the tournament, surpassing August 7 in the 1999/00 season.

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