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At Wembley Stadium Premier League Referee Oliver Screams Out Freed From Desire As He Makes The Most Of Being A Fan

Michael Oliver, a Premier League referee, was pictured singing along to football chants as he watched England lose to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.

After a hard period overseeing games at the tournament and in the 2020-21 Premier League season, the 36-year-old official wore a black t-shirt and blue jeans to Wembley Stadium and made the most of being out of the spotlight.

Oliver, along with Anthony Taylor, who received well-deserved credit for his handling of the Christian Eriksen debacle, led the England delegation to the Euros this year.

Michael Oliver, a Premier League referee, was seen singing along to chants during England’s Euro 2020 final versus Italy. The 36-year-old was seen clapping and singing along to ‘Freed from Desire.’ Can’t we just go back to when Michael Oliver was giving it big to Freed from Desire?

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] #England #Euro2020 pic.twitter.com/6jScR2kv9 — Ned Ozkasim (@nedoz9) July 12, 2021 The former even oversaw Spain’s quarter-final triumph over Switzerland in Saint Petersburg, which Luis Enrique’s team won via a penalty shootout.

Yet Oliver was back on home turf at the weekend, albeit from the stands rather than the pitch, where he was in charge of the proceedings.

In a video clip that has appeared online, he was seen roaring out Gala’s ‘Freed from Desire,’ as well as clapping and bouncing along to the music as it played over the tannoy system at Wembley.

Oliver was a part of the tournament and officiated Spain’s victory over Switzerland in Russia. Oliver, together with Anthony Taylor (centre), led the English delegation to the Euros. Oliver – who has officiated 342 competitive matches across various competitions since joining the EFL in 2007 – also posed for selfies with fans inside the stadium.

Although rallying behind the Three Lions, the Northumberland-born official did not see a positive outcome, with Roberto Mancini’s side prevailing on penalties after Leonardo Bonucci had cancelled out Luke Shaw’s early opening.

Oliver began refereeing at the age of 14 after being introduced to it by his father, Clive.

After being the youngest Football League referee and the youngest Premier League fourth official eight years prior, he became the youngest referee to officiate at Wembley Stadium when he officiated the 2007 Conference National play-off final between Exeter and Morecambe.

I had the pleasure of meeting Europe’s top ref.

In August 2010, Oliver beat Stuart Attwell’s record of being the youngest ever Premier League referee at the age of 25 years and 182 days when he refereed Birmingham’s 2-1 win over Blackburn. pic.twitter.com/eraRlQ5UhG — Zak (@afczak_) July 11, 2021

He took control of eventual winners Wigan’s semi-final against Millwall three years later, before officiating Arsenal’s 2014 Community Shield victory over Manchester City.

Two years later, he was named to the Champions League coaching staff, where he oversaw three group stage matches, the first of which was Sporting Lisbon’s match against Legia Warsaw.

Before to his participation in the Euros, Oliver also officiated Leicester City’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea in May.

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