Attwell always fourth official this week, says Premier League
Wednesday 29 September 2010
The Premier League have insisted that referee Stuart Attwell has not been dropped for this weekend's top-flight programme following Saturday's controversial match at Anfield.
Attwell has been named fourth official for Tottenham's match with Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
A Premier League spokesman said: "He has not been dropped – he was always scheduled to be fourth official for the Tottenham match."
Premier League referee chiefs backed Attwell's decision to allow Liverpool's bizarre opening goal against Sunderland at Anfield to stand.
Attwell was also criticised for only giving Steven Gerrard a yellow card for a challenge on Danny Welbeck instead of sending off the Liverpool captain.
Meanwhile, the Australia coach Holger Osieck named English Premier League players Tim Cahill and Mark Schwarzer on Tuesday in a 19-man squad to play Paraguay in Sydney on 9 October.
The left-winger Harry Kewell and striker Josh Kennedy have been named for the first time since the World Cup in South Africa after injuries forced them to miss matches against Poland and Switzerland.
The friendly will be Australia's fifth match against Paraguay, with the Socceroos winning one and drawing the other three meetings.
Austria have given another chance to controversial Werder Bremen striker Marko Arnautovic, recalling him for next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Belgium.
The lanky 21-year-old won his first cap as a substitute against Faroe Islands two years ago but has since played only four more times for his country.
He spent most of last season warming the substitutes' bench at Internazionale, where his lax attitude angered the Italian club and coach Jose Mourinho, but has seen more action since his move to the Bundesliga club.
"On a personal level, everything is fine and he adds a new dimension in playing terms," coach Didi Constantini was quoted as saying.
West Bromwich Albion midfielder Paul Scharner, who missed Austria's 2-0 win at home last month to Kazakhstan, was also included in the squad.
Sweden should beat the Netherlands in their Euro 2012 qualifier in Amsterdam next month – at least if the match between Group E's two unbeaten sides follows the pattern of coach Erik Hamren's dreams.
"I've played this game in my head several times and I have to say, it's gone very well for us – we've won it every time," Hamren joked with reporters after naming his squad yesterday.
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