Referee Lee Mason was restored by the Professional Games Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) after being fired for a major mistake during an Arsenal game last season.
The Daily Mail reports that the referees’ organization has rehired Mason in the role of trainer for aspiring officials.
According to the rumor mill, Mason will collaborate with Premier League, EFL, and Women’s Super League authorities, but will “operate specifically on Leagues One and Two.”
From 2007 until 2022, Mason served as a referee in the Premier League.
During that time, he worked 287 matches in the English Premier League before switching to VAR exclusively.
Many will breathe a sigh of relief that Mason will no longer be involved with VAR in his new position, given the two major mistakes he made during the previous season.
The 51-year-old official first made headlines last September when he erroneously denied a goal for Newcastle United in a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace.
Second, he lost his job because he didn’t deny an equalizer scored by Brentford against Arsenal in February that was clearly offside.
Arsenal were leading the Premier League table when the incident occurred, and it is widely believed that it cost them the championship.