Rumours are abound after Premier League referee Bobby Madley abruptly retired from the game and failed to return for the new season.
In a statement, the Professional Game Match Officials said of the 32-year-old:
Bobby Madley is no longer employed by PGMOL.
We understand that he has decided to relocate due to a change in his personal circumstances.
There has since been much speculation on social media after constant referrals in the press to a mysterious “social media video” that may be at the heart of this issue but has yet to be confirmed.
And there are already Bobby Madley quit jokes on Twitter:
Bobby Madley’s heat map from his final game in charge. pic.twitter.com/7tpu22bZQi
— Chris Doughty (@ChrisDoughty32) August 16, 2018
Wise decision to pull Bobby Madley from the Rovers game this weekend.
— MattISpurs (@ParkLaneBlock40) August 16, 2018
The news about Bobby Madley is bound to Russell some feathers
— Matthew Talbot (@MatthewTalbot37) August 16, 2018
Is it true that Bobby Madley's a terrierist then?
— Lauren Jones (@lmjwales) August 16, 2018
Can anyone tell me what the Bobby Madley video contains? Confused as to what’s gone on, don’t have a Scooby Doo.
— GR (@GRAFC_) August 16, 2018
Anyone got a link to this Bobby Madley video?
Cos I’m having a wuff time trying to find it….
— FPLPriceChanges+ (@FPLPriceChanges) August 16, 2018
Former Gloucestershire and England wicket-keeper Jack Russell says he has no idea what that Bobby Madley video is all about… pic.twitter.com/lxt3vih08s
— Tony Crawford… (@UrbanGriller) August 16, 2018
Found the Bobby Madley video on YouTube 😂😂 !! Watch it before it gets removed https://t.co/dZaKaemQXT
— Joe Borkowski (@joeborko) August 16, 2018
Bobby Madley has retired as a referee after a video emerged of him giving a correct refereeing decision. He was disgusted https://t.co/xmI3GxnTLh
— Football Index Dragon (@FootballDRGN) August 16, 2018
Bobby Madley has quit as a referee after finding it too difficult to align his match schedule with linesmen Bobby Truly and Bobby Deeply.
— Rhys James (@rhysjamesy) August 16, 2018
When you find out Bobby Madley has quit refereeingpic.twitter.com/VaLZ0BzMP1
— The Anfield Truth (@AnfieldTruth) August 16, 2018
Probably trying to escape Bobby Madley. https://t.co/wS7fi1kvT5
— Scott (@Shiteke) August 16, 2018
Anyone else just done a ‘Bobby Madley video’ search on twitter?
— Kevin (@KevOrf_5) August 16, 2018
Everyone saying they can’t believe Bobby Madley is only 32. But that is 224 in dog years.
— Matt Bragg (@mattbraggcomedy) August 16, 2018
Bobby Madley is 32? Fuck off. Where was his paper round, Chernobyl?!
— Hannah McG (@ScumOnTheRun) August 16, 2018
Sad to see Bobby Madley leave, he was a different breed.
— Joseph McGivern (@JosephMcGivern) August 16, 2018
When Bobby Madley goes to check VAR. pic.twitter.com/CEXY4rQjqS
— Reece Cronshaw (@Reece_Cronshaw) August 16, 2018
Seen Bobby Madley’s new bird? pic.twitter.com/dNs5WBlgIV
— Steven Jenkinson (@_sjenkinson_) August 16, 2018
Tomorrow, when it’s revealed that Bobby Madley has quit because his wife / kid is seriously ill. pic.twitter.com/2Qz7K46lwf
— Gilles (@gillesoffthenet) August 16, 2018
— Michael D (@Galaxatron) August 16, 2018