Suffolk ref Abi Marriott set for Women’s Champions League date

Suffolk ref Abi Marriott. Picture: SUFFOLK FA

Suffolk ref Abi Marriott. Picture: SUFFOLK FA - Credit: Archant

Suffolk official Abi Marriott is to be an assistant referee at the UEFA Women’s Champions’ League Qualifying Round next month, writes Nick Garnham.

The 26-year-old from Mildenhall will travel out to Lithuania from August 6th-14 along with FIFA referee Sarah Garratt.

The Group 9 qualifying stage features host side Gintra Universitetas, FC NSA Sofia from Bulgaria, FC Honka Espoo of Finland and EBS/Skála from the Faroe Islands.

Marriott said: “I was absolutely delighted to receive the call up from the FA. I have been very fortunate to visit several countries around Europe with football in the last couple of years, and every place is a completely different experience and culture.

“I’ve never been to Lithuania before, so I can’t wait to get going.

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“I will act as assistant referee on three games in 10 days within the Champions’ League qualifying group. As yet I don’t know which games – these will be appointed closer to the time.”

The prestigious appointment is the latest Abi has received in the last couple of years.

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She was an assistant referee at the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in May 2017 and also at the Women’s Under-19 European Championship last October.

In March she refereed the 2018 Women’s FA Varsity Match and the following month she was referee for one of the SSE Women’s FA Cup Semi-Finals.

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