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Steve Martin to boss Sunderland game

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Fulham Football Club

Match Referee News

Sunderland v Fulham

Championship Match Day 22 1718 at Stadium of Light

Saturday 16th December 2017    KO: 15:00

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)

Referee Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin
Referee Stephen Martin’s father and grandfather were both Football League officials and encouraged Steve to take up the whistle in 2002.

Mr. Martin’s rapid rise saw his appointment to the EFL assistant referee list in 2008 and to the National League referee list in the same year. After four years he became an EFL referee and has taken charge of over 150 games and is now part of the Select Group 2 professional officials.

The last time Ref Martin was in charge of a Fulham game was in September for the 2-1 away defeat at Burton Albion when he booked Sheyi Ojo and a Burton player.

Last season Mr Martin refed three Fulham games the 1-0 away defeat at Reading when he booked two Reading players and Fulham's Martin for a foul.

Prior to the Reading game he refed us in the2-1 home win against Rotherham on the 13th December 2016

And in a 0-0 away draw at Wigan in September, he booked a player from each team including Denis Odoi of Fulham for a foul.

Mr Martin last reffed Sunderland in their 2-1 away defeat at Aston Villa four weeks ago and his cards stayed in his pocket.

Last season he refed 35 games and dished out 78 yellows and 3 reds, so a well below average 2.2 yellows per game. So far this season he has refed 20 games and issued 41 yellow and 2 red cards.

His busiest game in recent times was in October when he booked three Wolves players, four Preston players and red carded Browne of Preston in the 90th minute. Wolves won 3-2.

In December last year Mr Martin reffed the Nottingham Forest v Newcastle game which Newcastle lost 2-1. Newcastle fans were not happy so they "trolled " him on Twitter unfortunately a number of them got the wrong Steve Martin over in Hollywood.

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