​Bobby Madley has revealed he will return to refereeing in English professional football next season, two years after he was sacked by the ​Premier League for what he later described as a “dark private joke”.

Madley was sacked by Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) in 2018 after ​sending a video mocking a disabled person to a friendFollowing discussions with PGMOL, Madley will return as an official at League One and League Two level from the start of next season.

He has also agreed to attend an FA discrimination workshop and will work in grassroots football for the remainder of the current campaign.

​In a blog post, Madley wrote: “Eighteen months ago I lost my dream job as a professional football referee due my own regrettable, naive and stupid actions. I am delighted however that I have been given the opportunity to return to referee in the professional game in England.

“Following recent discussions it was made clear that the door was potentially open to a return to referee in English professional football. I’ve been away from the Premier League for what will be two years come the new season so a return to that level was never a possibility. With the introduction of VAR and the many hours of training missed it would not have been reasonable to expect that.”

Madley took charge of 91 top-flight matches between 2013 and 2018 until he was sacked. Following his dismissal, he moved to Norway where he refereed in the lower leagues.


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