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Referee Linington to boss Brentford game

last updated Saturday 20th June 2020, 10:05 AM

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Fulham v Brentford

Championship Match Day 38 19/20 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 20th June 2020    KO: 12:30pm

Referee: James Linington (Newport)

Referee: James Linington (Newport)

Referee James Linington
James Linington

Referee James Linington can claim that every match in the EFL is an overseas appointment, requiring the short hop over from his home on the Isle of Wight.

He is a very experienced referee having refereed in the EFL for 12 seasons and last season he joined the new elite group of full-time referees to officiate Sky Bet Championship matches, titled as Select Group 2.

Mr Linington last refed Fulham just before the lockdown when we got thrashed 3-0 at home by bottom club Barnsley. He booked two players one from each team, Joe Bryan, again, in the 29th minute for a foul and Halme for a foul in the 26th minute.

Earlier this season he refed the 2-1 home win against QPR in November 2019. He only got his card out once and that was for Joe Bryan for a foul in the 61st minute

He also refed Fulham in our 2-1 away win at Huddersfield even earlier in the season, in August 2019. Mr Linington booked two Fulham players, S. Sessegnon (16,f), Mawson (58,f), and two Huddersfield players, Kachunga (62,f), Hogg (71,f).

Mr Linington's last game bossing Fulham, prior to our visit to the Premiership, was back in December 2017 for the 2-1 home victory over Brentford and he booked Liverpool loanee Sheyi Ojo for simulation along with two Brentford players for fouls.

The first time Mr Linington refed a Fulham game in the 2016/2017 season was the 2-2 home draw with Norwich in October 2016. He booked Aluko and Malone for fouls. Parker for disent and Johansen for "arguing" with a Norwich player. Malone gave away TWO penelties.

The last occasion Mr Linington refed Brentford was was in January 2020 when they won 3-1 away at Crewe in the FA Cup and he booked two Brentford players.

Last season he refed 33 games and dished out 115 yellows and 3 reds, so an average 3.3 yellows per game.

His busiest game recently was the Bristol City vrs Charlton game in October 2019 when he booked seven players and sent off a City player.

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