Former Premier League referee Bobby Madley suggests Manchester United host Bury vs Bolton EFL game with proceeds going towards paying wages

A tweet from former Premier League referee Bobby Madley has gone viral after he offered a suggestion to help both Bury and Bolton.

On Tuesday, Bury had their license revoked and will almost certainly be liquidated following C&N Sporting Risk pulling out of a proposed takeover of the crisis-hit club.

While Bolton were told by the EFL they had until 5pm on Tuesday to prove a sale had been done or provide reasons why they require an extension, otherwise a notice for their formal withdrawal from the league will be issued.


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Madley officiated in the top flight between 2013 and 2018, but relocated to continue his career in Norway.

Taking to social media, Madley wrote: “Bolton due to play Bury in a couple of weeks. If both teams go out this week perhaps that game should still go ahead at Old Trafford…all proceeds to unpaid players and staff. Sell the place out with football fans of every club and stand together.”

Football fans across the country responded with mostly positive feedback to Madley and praised his idea.

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Madley’s career as a Premier League referee ended at 32

Madley was charged with overseeing several high-profile fixtures in his final season, including Manchester United’s home games against Tottenham and Chelsea and Liverpool vs Arsenal.

The Yorkshireman also refereed the Community Shield game between Arsenal and Chelsea in August, 2017 and was elevated to the FIFA list in 2016.

He was removed from his position as referee after posting an ‘offensive and inappropriate message on his Snapchat account’.

The Sun claims he shared a picture of a disabled man with an insensitive remark about the probability of being able to beat him in a school sports day race.

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