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Kevin Friend to ref Newcastle game

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Fulham vrs Newcastle United

Premier League Match Day 38 1819 at Craven Cottage

Sunday 12th May 2019     KO: 15:00

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

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Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Referee Kevin Friend
Kevin Friend
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Referee Kevin Friend started refereeing at the age of 14 in his home county of Leicestershire.

He was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2003, and later to the Select Group of Referees ahead of the 2009-10 season. His first Premier League fixture was in September 2009 in a 2-1 victory for Wolves over Fulham.

Ref Friend last bossed a Fulham game in the 2-0 home defeat by Man City. He booked two players both from Fulham, Christie (67,f) and Le Marchand (80,f). In December 2018 Ref Friend was at The Copttage when we beat Huddersfield 1-0, it was the Kamara penalty game. He booked three Fulham players, Seri (25,f), Odoi (44,f) and Christie (64,f), and one Huddersfield player.

Prior to this game Mr Friend last bossed a Fulham game in October 2018 when Fulham lost 4-2 at Cardiff in a Premiership game. He booked six players, three from each side. The Fulham players were Chambers (19,f), McDonald (36,f) and Johansen (45+3,f).

Before to the Cardiff game he refed Fulham in August of 2018 when we beat Exeter 2-0 in the League Cup, both scored by Kamara. He booked three players all Exeter players.

Newcastle United last had the pleasure of Mr Friend's company in February 2019 when they beat Huddersfield 2-0 at home. Mr Friend booked two Newcastle players and sent off one Huddersfield player in the 20th minute.

Last season he refed 33 games, dished out 66 yellows, so an unsually low average of 2 yellows per game and a well below average 1 red. This season so far he has refed 37 games dishing out 127 yellows and three red cards so an increased average of 3.4 yellows per game.

His busiest games in recent times were the games between Liverpool and Chelsea in the League Cup in September this season when he yellow carded five Liverpool players and three from Chelsea and Southampton versus Man Utd when he yellow carded eight players, four from each team.

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