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Hull City: The man in charge

23 January 2014

Lee Mason will take charge of Southend United's game against Hull City this weekend

Premier League referee Lee Mason will take charge of Saturday’s fourth round FA Cup tie with Hull City AFC.

The 42-year-old has been a Premier League referee since 2006 after spending four years officiating in the Football League.

Last season, Mason took charge of 30 games, handing out three red cards and 107 yellow cards.

Mason officiated in the North West Counties League for eight years before getting on to the Football League ladder for the first time. Two years as an assistant were followed by two years in the same role in the Premier League.

Mason was appointed as a Football League referee in 2002 and took charge of the 2006 League One Play-off Final between Barnsley and Swansea City before making the step up to the Premier League in the same year.

As well as consistently taking control of Premier League matches from 2006 onwards, Mason refereed the 2009 FA Youth Cup Final between Arsenal and Liverpool. Additionally, the Lancashire-born official is chairman of the Bolton Referees’ Society.

In total, he has taken charge of 147 matches, handing out 22 red cards and 469 yellow cards.

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