Premier League referee Michael Jones will take charge of this weekend’s FA Cup clash between MK Dons and Barnsley.
Jones, 44, was promoted to the Football League list of referees in 1997 and was appointed into the Select Group of referees 11 years later. He is probably most well-known for allowing Darren Bent’s controversial winner for Sunderland against Liverpool in 2009 after the England striker’s shot took a deflection off of a beach-ball which had been thrown onto the pitch.
The Chester-born whistle-blower has overseen five Dons games in his career with the first coming in September 2004 for the Carling Cup tie with Cardiff City at the National Hockey Stadium. Jones booked Ben Chorley that evening before giving Harry N’timban-Zeh is marching orders late on.
Jones has also taken charge of two FA Cup games involving the Dons, both of which came against Lincoln City in the 2005/06 season, where he refereed a 1-1 draw at Sincil Bank before marshalling the replay ten days later. In total, the experienced official has shown 18 yellow cards in games involving the men from Buckinghamshire as well sending off two players.
This season, Jones has featured 22 times and has brandished 65 yellow cards and two red cards. His only FA Cup appointment this season came in the last round when he was the ‘man in the middle’ during Sunderland’s 2-2 draw with Bolton Wanderers. Jones was also the fourth official for the FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Arsenal in May last year.
Jones’ last game was the 3-3 thriller between Everton and Aston Villa, where he booked five players during the Premier League clash.
Referee: Michael Jones (Cheshire)
Assistant referees: Simon Long (Devon) and Marc Perry (West Midlands)
Roger East (Wiltshire)Fourth official: