The young official, only 29, will now spend an unknown amount of time in the lower leagues to prove his ability, but may well be considered for top flight refereeing again in the future.
Despite the blow for Attwell, Professional Game Match Officials Limited general manager Mike Riley has backed the ref to make his way back to the Premier League.
“Throughout his career in the Select Group Stuart has demonstrated great courage and mental strength in responding to the challenges that he has faced,” Riley told Mirror Football.
“He has shown many of the attributes of a top flight official but the Premier League is an exacting standard with huge demands. It is imperative that PGMOL deliver the best officiating possible to the English game at all levels.
“This is not the end for Stuart. There are several match officials who have returned to the National List and benefited from it.
“Stuart has a high level of maturity and responsibility and I’m convinced that he has a long-term future as a referee at the very highest level.
“PGMOL sincerely hopes to be welcoming Stuart back to the Select Group in the future,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight