PGMOL set to give Premier League referees and EFL match officials annual bonus amidst Covid-19

PGMOL set to give Premier League referees and EFL match officials annual bonus amidst Covid-19

PGMOL set to give Premier League referees and EFL match officials annual bonus amidst Covid-19
The Professional Game Match Officials Limited [PGMOL]  set to give give Premier League referees and EFL match officials annual bonus amidst Coronavirus [Covid-19] pandemic. 

However, PGMOL declined to disclose the amount of each bonus. They are expected to receive their annual bonuses following the conclusion of the domestic season. 'Merit payments' are due to be discussed at a PGMOL board meeting before the start of next season, on September 12, but the Professional Game Match Officials Limited [PGMOL] has declined to disclose the amount of each bonus.

The bonuses, which have been paid in previous seasons, are made to the 'Select Group' of Premier League officials and 'National Group' referees, which include the Championship, League One and League Two. Match officials are due to receive performance-related bonuses based on their place in a 'merit table', and therefore vary, following a season disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

EFL referees receive bonuses unless they have had a "catastrophic" season, according to court papers. Documents from the PGMOL's tax tribunal against HMRC in July 2018 revealed that National Group referees received a bonus of up to £3,500 during the 2014-15 season, depending on their performance.Referees' chief Mike Riley - whose evidence was described as "clear" and "helpful" by judges - informs referees of the size of their bonus 'pot' after each season.

First-Tier Tribunal Tax Chamber papers state: "Those at the bottom of the merit table, and those who complete fewer than 10 matches, do not qualify. Payments to those who complete fewer than 20 matches are discounted (by 40 per cent up to 14 matches and 15 per cent up to 19).

"The distribution is otherwise based on a set number of "shares" which are split in the manner specified in the document, with the first ranked referee receiving the most shares."A further email is sent on behalf of Mr Riley after the end of the season referring to PGMOL's Board having confirmed the size of the pot. The maximum payment for 2014-15 was around £3,500 and the lowest was under £700.

"Mr Riley's evidence was that merit payments would be made as indicated unless the referee group had had a "catastrophic" season, which he thought might happen if the EFL was dissatisfied with the overall level of service." The Premier League, EFL and Football Association provides funding to the PGMOL each year, but the tribunal found: "There is no formal funding agreement with the members."
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