George Byrne  L2 play-off final appointment June 2020

George will finish season off in style

GEORGE Byrne is to be an assistant referee at the League Two Play-Off Final.

SUFFOLK official George Byrne will finish the season in the best possible way after being appointed as an assistant referee at the League Two Play-Off Final.

The 28-year-old, who lives near Mildenhall, will be on the line for the final between Exeter City and Northampton at Wembley Stadium next Monday, 7.30pm

Michael Salisbury will be the referee with Matthew Jones the other assistant referee, Leigh Doughty the fourth official and Natalie Aspinall the reserve assistant referee.

George made his debut in the EFL Championship last Saturday when he was an assistant referee at the match between Reading and Stoke City.

Earlier this year George was appointed as Reserve Assistant Referee for this season’s Leasing.Com Trophy Final.

The final between Salford City and Portsmouth was scheduled to take place at Wembley Stadium in early April but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is hoped to play the match ahead of the 2020-21 season.

That appointment followed on from George’s first experience of international football when he was an assistant referee as England Under-17s defeated the Czech Republic 2-0 last November.

George, who said he was ‘absolutely thrilled to be selected’ to represent his country, was named the Match Official of the Year in the FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards in 2018.

He is pictured above (second left) before the international match at Solihull Moors FC.

George’s appointment for the showpiece final follows on from other Suffolk involvement in the League Two Play-Offs.

Chris Pollard was fourth official for the first leg between Colchester United and Exeter City and Carl Fitch-Jackson was an assistant referee in the first leg between Northampton Town and Cheltenham Town.

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