Former Premier League referee Bobby Madley says he “would love” to resume his refereeing career in Norwegian football.
The Wakefield-born official was sacked by the Premier League in August after reportedly discriminating against a disabled man in a social media post.
“I would love to referee in Eliteserien (Norway’s top flight) at some point, but I have to work hard and prove myself on the pitch. It’s only fair,” Madley told Norwegian media outlet NRK.
“I have an agreement with the Premier League, which means I cannot discuss the details of it (departure). But I can say that much of which was written in the media was false, and that was disappointing and hurtful.
“My preparation has already started (to be a referee in Norway).
“I have seen many Elites series games on television in recent months, and the standard of the referees is very high. Norway has more referees who I’m sure could be referees in the Premier League.
“I’m sure all Norwegian referees want to referee in the Elite series. But, just because I was a referee in the Premier League, does not make me better than any other referee in Norway and it gives me no right to go to the top level.”