Former Premier League referee Bobby Madley is back working – in the sixth tier of Norwegian football.
The 33-year-old was considered one of the best young officials in the Premier League before his shock departure in the summer.
Madley took charge of 91 games in the English top-flight was the man in the middle in last year’s Charity Shield.
Mystery surrounded his abrupt exit from the Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL) – the body responsible for match officials in England – before it emerged that he had been axed for making cruel comments on Snapchat.
According to The Sun, Madley shared a picture of a disabled man with an insensitive remark about the probability of being able to beat him in a school sports day race.
Madley, from West Yorkshire, relocated to Norway soon after and is now looking to make his mark as an official in the Scandinavian country.
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In order to referee in the top-flight, he must first officiate in the lower leagues and will be assessed before a decision is made on whether he can take charge of Eliteseria games.
He has been assigned to sixth-tier club Abildso – with all referees in Norway having to be associated with a team.
Speaking to NRK TV station recently, Madley said: “I would love to take charge in Eliteseria at some point, but I have to work hard and prove my trust first. It’s just fair.
“Just because I refereed in the Premier League does not make me better than any other referee in Norway and it gives me no right to got to the top level.”