Premier League referees David Coote and Andy Madley pass fitness test at second attempt to join FIFA International List
- David Coote and Andy Madley have become members of FIFA International List
- Coote will be relieved to have passed after his VAR mistake at Chelsea v Spurs
- He failed to recommend a red card for Giovani Lo Celso after a clear stamp
- The Premier League referees had previously failed to meet the physical standard
- They are now eligible to officiate European and international matches this year
Earlier this month, Sportsmail revealed the pair had failed to meet the physical standard required at an induction camp in Majorca.
They have since improved their condition and are now eligible to officiate European and international matches later this year.
Andy Madley has been added to the FIFA International List after passing a fitness test
Coote will be relieved to have passed the test after a difficult few weeks, having been criticised on Saturday for failing to recommend a red card for Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso in his role as the VAR official, after the Argentine stamped on Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta.
Referees’ group PGMOL later said Coote got the decision wrong. Scrutiny on Coote intensified further later in the day when, during his second game as the VAR, he did not award Leicester a penalty against Manchester City when Kevin De Bruyne blocked James Maddison’s free-kick with his arms inside the area.
Coote and Madley will join six other English referees on FIFA’s list.
David Coote has also been inducted despite having a weekend to forget in the Premier League