EFL draft in Premier League referee due to 'increased attention' on Blackpool game

The unfortunately named Ben Toner was originally down to officiate Blackpool's game against Portsmouth
The unfortunately named Ben Toner was originally down to officiate Blackpool's game against Portsmouth

The EFL say they have drafted in Premier League referee Jon Moss to officiate Blackpool's game against Portsmouth this weekend due to the "increased attention" surrounding the fixture.

The unfortunately named Ben Toner was originally down to referee Saturday's game at Bloomfield Road, but he will now officiate Carlisle United's fixture against Yeovil Town in League Two.

Premier League referee Jon Moss will now take charge of Blackpool's game

Premier League referee Jon Moss will now take charge of Blackpool's game

The appointment of Toner to officiate Blackpool in the week of the momentous court ruling regarding the club's owners attracted plenty of interest on social media.

The EFL say Toner has now filled a vacancy that arose at Brunton Park after the previous referee who was scheduled to officiate suffered an injury during the week.

An EFL spokesman said: “As a result of the increased attention surrounding this weekend’s League One fixture between Blackpool and Portsmouth, PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) has determined it would be appropriate for a Select Group 1 referee to take charge of proceedings at Bloomfield Road.

“The previously selected official will instead fill a vacancy that has a arisen at Brunton Park for the League Two match between Carlisle United and Yeovil Town as the referee who was scheduled to officiate sustained an injury during Bury’s game with Stoke City Under-21s on Wednesday evening.”