Mark Warren (born January 4, 1960, Walsall, West Midlands) is an English former football referee, and one of only ten from the United Kingdom to have been a match official in a FIFA World Cup Final.
A police officer by profession, Warren began refereeing in lower leagues in 1978, and was appointed to the list of assistant referees for the Football League in 1991.
He had been an international assistant referee since 1994 when he was selected as an English representative at the FIFA World Cup in France in 1998. He was appointed to the final and ran the line, along with South African Achmat Salie, to the referee, the late Said Belqola.
In addition Warren was the assistant referee in the FA Cup Final in 1995, the 1997 League Cup Final, the 1994 Division One Play-Off Final and the 1994 Charity Shield match.
After assisting in the World Cup Final, Warren graduated to become a Football League referee, leaving the international assistants' list at the end of that year. He had seven years in the middle before stepping down in 2005. He returned to running the line in the Premier League, and refereed just one match in 2005-06, the Football Conference North game between Stafford Rangers and Northwich Victoria on December 31, 2005.
He subsequently retired from top-class officiating, as confirmed by his exclusion from the lists of Football League referees and assistants for season 2007-08.
^ a b Profile: the Football League Official website.
^ Example of home town(Walsall): Bromsgrove Rovers website. Retrieved on March 25, 2008.
^ 1998 World Cup Final assistant referee: Guardian Unlimited website.
^ 1995 FA Cup Final assistant referee: programme notes (JPEG image) at FA-CupFinals.co.uk website.
^ Stafford Rangers v. Northwich Victoria, Warren's only match as referee, 2005: soccerbase.com website.
^ List of referees for 2007-08, excluding Mark Warren: the Football League Official website.
^ List of assistants for 2007-08, excluding Mark Warren: the Football League Official website.
Mark Warren Referee Statistics at soccerbase.com
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