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Referee Hooper back for Cardiff game

last updated Tuesday 26th December 2017, 9:41 AM

Match Referee News

Cardiff City vrs Fulham

Championship Match Day 24 1718 Cardiff City Stadium

Tuesday 26th December 2017    KO: 15:00

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

Referee Simon Hooper
Simon Hooper
Wilshire FA official referee Simon Hooper began his Football League career as an assistant referee in 2006/07. At the same time he was a referee in non-league football. Hooper was promoted as a Football League referee the following season. At the start of the 2016/17 season he was promoted to the full time Referee group Select Group 2.

Mr Hooper last reffed a Fulham game at the beginning of the season in the 1-1 away draw at Reading when he yellow carded two Reading players, red carded Kalas in the first minute of the game for last-man foul and finished up yellow carding Kamara for a foul in the 94th minute. Last season Ref Hooper bossed thePreston game at Craven Cottage in March of 2017, Fulham won 3-1, Mr Hooper yellow carded two Preston players.

Prior to the Preston game Mr Hooper had refed the opening game of the season when Fulham beat favourites Newcastle 1-0. Mr Hooper booked four players, one from Fulham, defender Denis Odoi for a foul in the 10th minute.

In the 15/16 season Mr Hooper refed three Fulham games, 2-2 draw away against Reading, the 4-1 home win against Rotherham and our 3-2 away defeat at Sheff Wed. In all he booked one opposition player and six Fulham players.

Cardiff were refed by Mr Hooper earlier this season, in August, when they beat QPR 2-1 at Cardiff City Stadium, one QPR player was booked.

Last season he refed 43 games and dished out 149 yellows, an average 3.5 yellows per game, and a below average 3 reds. So far this season Mr Hooper has refed 22 games and dished out 71 yellow cards, an average of 3.2 a game, and 3 reds.

His busiest game this season was in the Midlands derby between Birmingham and Wolves when he booked three Birmingham players, upgrading one of them to a red for a second yeliow and two Wolves players.

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