Bobby Madley was SACKED as a Premier League referee, it has emerged.
The 32-year-old was considered one of the best young officials in English football and mystery surrounded his shock departure earlier this month.
The Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL) – the body responsible for match officials in England – only issued a brief statement at the time.
It read: “Bobby Madley is no longer employed by PGMOL. We understand that he has decided to relocate due to a change in his personal circumstances.”
But, according to The Sun, Madley was actually removed from his post after posting an ‘offensive and inappropriate message on his Snapchat account’.
The Sun claims that he 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.
One of his followers on the social media account was then said to have sent a screenshot of the post to the PGMOL.
The PGMOL duly fired Madley and, according to the report, placed a gagging order on him as part of his exit package.
Madley is understood to have recently split from his wife and moved to Norway.
As talkSPORT revealed last week, he has already held talks with the Scandinavian country’s refereeing governing body about reviving his career there.
Madley’s departure was a blow to the PGMOL, given he was considered a rising star in their ranks.
He was charged with overseeing several high-profile fixtures last season, including Manchester United’s home games against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea and Liverpool v Arsenal in March.
The Yorkshireman also refereed the Community Shield game between Arsenal and Chelsea in August, 2017 and was elevated to the FIFA list last year.