Premier League referees to be given performance bonus – despite high mistakes

Mike Riley and the rest of the Premier League and EFL match officials will receive their annual bonuses following the conclusion of the domestic season despite their numerous blunders.

EFL referees receive bonuses unless they have had a "catastrophic" season, according to court papers.

A meeting will be held on September 12 to decide on the bonus figure each referee will receive although the total amount remains unknown.

According to documents written by Premier League referee chief Mike Riley, refs' bonuses depend on the quality of their performances.

It reads: "Those at the bottom of the merit table, and those who complete fewer than 10 matches, do not qualify.

"Payments to those who complete fewer than 20 matches are discounted (by 40 per cent up to 14 matches and 15 per cent up to 19).

"The distribution is otherwise based on a set number of "shares" which are split in the manner specified in the document, with the first ranked referee receiving the most shares.

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"A further email is sent on behalf of Mr Riley after the end of the season referring to PGMOL's Board having confirmed the size of the pot.

"The maximum payment for 2014-15 was around £3,500 and the lowest was under £700.

"Mr Riley's evidence was that merit payments would be made as indicated unless the referee group had had a 'catastrophic' season, which he thought might happen if the EFL was dissatisfied with the overall level of service."

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    Referees' chief Mike Riley – whose evidence was described as "clear" and "helpful" by judges – informed referees of the size of their bonus 'pot' after each season.

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