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5 referees who have officiated the most Premier League matches 

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Colombia v Cote D'Ivoire: Group C - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
Howard Webb officiating at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

A common phrase that is thrown around in the world of football about referees is that the man or woman in black has a good game when they go unnoticed.

The officials enforce the laws of the game and keep track of the game time. The referee also has additional powers and can also postpone, stop, suspend or call off a match if there are troublesome weather conditions or violent crowd problems.

Professional Game Match Official Limited (PGMOL) group officiates all Premier League matches. With a huge list of officials under their umbrella, a host of referees has officiated hundreds of games.

Here we take a look at the top five-referees with the most PL appearances. 

#5 Howard Webb (297 appearances)

Retired English professional referee, Howard Webb also served as a policeman during his 11-year long professional top-flight career. Webb has been a listed Premier League elite level official since 2003 and currently serves as the technical director of PGMOL.

In 2010, the Englishman became the first man in history to officiate both the UEFA Champions League final as well as the World Cup final in the same year. A FIFA listed official since 2005, the former PL referee is part of an experienced bunch of referees working hard to promote and infuse technology into the game without affecting the proceedings of the game.

He has made 297 PL appearances and is fifth on the all-time appearance chart.

Webb has taken charge of some important games in his career, as he has also officiated an FA Cup final, League Cup final and a Community Shield match during his career. Prior to becoming a PL referee, he worked with the Football League as an assistant referee.

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