Controversial Attwell ‘not dropped’

Attwell has been named fourth official for Tottenham’s clash with

Aston Villa at White Hart Lane this weekend following the

controversial match at Anfield on Saturday. A Premier League

spokesman said: “He has not been dropped – he was always scheduled

to be fourth official for the Tottenham match.” Premier League

referee chiefs backed Attwell’s decision to allow Liverpool’s

bizarre opening goal against Sunderland at Anfield to stand.

Attwell was also criticised for only giving Steven Gerrard a yellow

card for a challenge on Danny Welbeck instead of sending off the

Liverpool skipper.