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Mike Riley has been dropped from the Premier League list of referees this weekend after his controversial performance in the Blackburn-Fulham game last week.

Fulham were furious that Zura Khizanishvili was not red-carded for a last-man foul in the opening minutes of the Ewood Park game.

Then Morten Gamst Pedersen appeared to foul defender Paul Stalteri before heading home Rovers’ goal in the 1-1 draw. “He caught me full in the neck and face with a forearm elbow,” said the on-loan Canadian.

The FIFA official, 43, is no stranger to controversy after being criticised for his officiating in the Pizzagate game between Manchester United and Arsenal in 2004.