Uriah Rennie (born 23 October 1959[1]) is an English retired football referee.

Uriah Rennie
Born (1959-10-23) 23 October 1959 (age 64)
Sheffield, England
Years League Role
? -1994 Northern Premier League Referee
1994–1997 Football League Referee
1997–2008 Premier League Referee
Years League Role
2000–2004 FIFA listed Referee

He was the first black referee to officiate in games of the Premier League.[2]

Career edit

Rennie began refereeing in 1979 in local leagues, then operated in the Northern Premier League until 1994, at which time he was appointed to the Football League List of referees. He was given his first Premiership appointment on 23 August 1997, a game between Leeds United and Crystal Palace at Elland Road.[3] Rennie became a FIFA referee in 2000,[4] and joined the Select Group of professional referees the following year. Keith Hackett, head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board has described him as "the fittest referee we have ever seen on the national and world scene."[5] At the end of 2004, he retired from the FIFA list, after reaching the compulsory age of 45 but made a return to active refereeing in November 2007.[6] In September 2010, Rennie became president of Hallam FC which was celebrating its 150th anniversary season.

Life outside football edit

Rennie was born in Sheffield, where he still lives. He practises both kick-boxing and aikido, and has a master's degree in business administration and law. He is also a magistrate in Sheffield.[7] He is married and has one daughter and a son.[5] He appeared as himself in the BBC Two drama Marvellous, broadcast in September 2014.[8]

In August 2015, he became the referee in the ITV game show, Freeze Out, presented by Mark Durden-Smith.[citation needed]

In November 2023, he was awarded an honorary doctorate at Sheffield Hallam University for his work in the community of Sheffield, namely Sheffield Federation for School Sports and Weston Park Hospital.[citation needed]

References edit

  1. ^ "Referee Profiles". The Football League. Archived from the original on 17 April 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  2. ^ Jon Ungoed-Thomas (20 November 2021). "Elite football in England has 40 referees – all white. Why don't black officials get top jobs?". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 December 2022.
  3. ^ First ever Premiership match, soccerbase.com website. Retrieved 10 March 2007.
  4. ^ Career, details: Premier League Official website. Retrieved 10 March 2007.
  5. ^ a b "Uriah Rennie's Red Card Blues". AYUP. Archived from the original on 24 January 2007. Retrieved 20 January 2007.
  6. ^ "Argyle Get Top Ref for Saints Game". 15 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Come on ref". PFA. 26 July 2004. Archived from the original on 20 October 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2007.
  8. ^ BBC: Marvellous

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