Martin Atkinson’s mother-in-law has given the Premier League referee a caution over his boozy night out with a group of young women in Indonesia.
The father-of-two, married to wife Julie, grinned for the camera as he was hugged by a woman in a short red dress at a disco during a golf charity trip.
Julie’s mother today said she hadn’t seen the pictures of Atkinson and his pals’ jolly to Indonesia but said the 48–year-old official would never stray offside.
Speaking from her home in Newcastle Carol Parmley, 68, vowed: ‘I will have a word with him.’
She said she had not spoken to daughter Julie about the photographs showing young women draped around Atkinson and his pals, adding: ‘She’s been away on holiday, I haven’t heard from her about it.’
But Mrs Parmley added: ‘I cannot imagine Martin flirting with anybody or doing anything that is not right if that is what is being insinuated.’
A group of Premier League referees enjoyed a boozy night out with a group of young women in Indonesia. Kevin Friend (second right), Martin Atkinson second left), Andre Marriner (back centre) and David Coote (left) were seen at the Brewski & Co bar in th party district of Batam
Married ref Marriner (right) was seen at a disco with a woman sitting on his knee while his colleague Atkinson (left) was hugged from behind by a young woman wearing a red dress
Atkinson and his wife Julie live in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, and have two children together. Julie’s mother Carol said she will be ‘having a word’ with the Premier League referee
Atkinson was on the night out with fellow Premier League referees Kevin Friend, Andre Marriner and David Coote.
His colleague Marriner, a father-of-one, was filmed in a disco sitting a woman on his knee with both arms tightly wrapped around her waist. On the video Marriner was seen poking his tongue into her ear.
David Coote, 36 — the only unmarried man in the six-strong party — held a woman as they gyrated in a nightclub.
And Kevin Friend, who refereed the FA Cup Final at Wembley last month, was seen whispering into a woman’s ear.
Friend’s father leapt to his son’s defence, insisting the night out was ‘just a bit of harmless fun’.
Doug Friend, a retired army sergeant, dismissed any suggestion that the father-of-one was in the doghouse with wife Rachel.
Speaking from his home in Leicestershire, the 75-year-old, who served for 25 years with the Royal Corps of Signals, said: ‘It’s rubbish. It was not like it appeared. It was just a bit of harmless fun, all very innocent.
‘It’s turned into a witch hunt. What the referees including Kevin have done is help kids in the orphanage.
‘They went out with some orphanage staff and some people from the hotel, just to say thank you. Most of the girls were married. There is nothing in it whatsoever.’
Doug admitted the allegations had been upsetting but insisted his family would come through it.
He added: ‘His wife Rachel is very supportive. We are a great family. A supportive family, but it is very upsetting when you see rubbish like that.’
And he said his son would not get any more stick than usual from football fans following the newspaper stories.
‘Refs, always get a bad time anyway. That’s just football.’
Kevin Friend (left) and Martin Atkinson (right) pictured with a hotel worker that the group went on a night out with in Batam, Indonesia
Kevin Friend’s father Doug today dismissed his son’s night of high-jinx as just a bit of harmless fun and dismissed any suggestion that he was in the doghouse with wife Rachel (pictured)
Marriner’s mother-in-law also jumped to his defence today and said wasn’t in any trouble with his wife Lisa.
Rita Daffern said: ‘Apparently nothing happened. They had a meal, they had a dance and they came home.
‘He is back home now. Apparently from what they’ve seen on social media they have done nothing wrong. He had a meal and a dance and that was that.
‘They did their charity work then had two days of golf and one night over there in the hotel. I can’t help you more than that.’
The group stayed last week at the luxury Radisson Hotel, linked to the golf resort.
The resort boasted of their presence on its Facebook page and they took part in a two-day golf tournament.
Martin Atkinson in action in the Everton v Liverpool in March. He was captured on video with a young woman in Batamn, Indonesia
They visited an orphanage on behalf of Atkinson’s Whistle Stop Tour charity and handed out bicycle helmets. The trip raised money for Indonesian children and a UK hospice, and the refs are believed to have paid for it themselves.
On Thursday night all six posed for photos with six women at Brewski & Co bar in Batam’s Nagoya Entertainment District, infamous for its red light district.
The women later shared pics and videos of them dancing at The Square Club and KTV, a three-mile taxi ride away.
The refs are thought to have flown home on Friday.
Andre Marriner’s (right) mother-in-law said the referee wasn’t in any trouble with his wife Lisa (left). Rita Daffern said that the group went for a meal, had a dance and they came home
Batam has a reputation as a party island and is notorious as a sex tourist destination for westerners and businessmen from neighbouring Singapore.
Its red light district has bars called Hot Spot, Foreplay, Cock & Bull, Fat Willy’s and Dirty Dick’s.