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Referee Linington to boss Sheff Utd game

last updated Tuesday 21st November 2017, 11:53 AM

Match Referee News

Sheffield United vrs Fulham

Championship Match Day 18 1718 at Bramall Lane

Tuesday 21st November 2017    KO: 19:45

Referee: James Linington (Newport, IOW)

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 10 seasons and last season he has joined the new elite group of full-time referees to officiate Sky Bet Championship matches, titled as Select Group 2.

Mr Linington last reffed Fulham in the opening game of the season when we drew 1-1 at home to Norwich and he booked 6 players three from Fulham, Cairney (66,f), Johansen(85,f), Fredericks(88,d, who got upset after their goal, clearly offside, was given.) and Oliveira (88,ec, who scored their goal and got over excited.), Dorrans (89,f), Maddison (90+4,f).

Last season Mr Linington bossed three Fulham games in March 2017 when we beat Newcastle 3-1 away at St James'. He booked six players, two were from Fulham, McDonald for a foul and Malone for time wasting.

In February 2017 in the 3-2 home win against Nottingham Forest when he booked Madl for a foul and McDonald for handball. The first time Mr Linington refed a Fulham game last 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 reffed Sheffield United was in August 2014 when they drew away 1-1 away at West Ham in the League Cup and he booked two players, one from each side.

Last season he refed 35 games and dished out 146 yellows and 4 reds, so 4.2 yellows per game. Leaving him above the League average of 3.4 yellows per game but below average for red cards.

So far this season he has refed 18 games and issued 60 yellows, an average of 3.3 cards per game and a well above average 5 reds.

His busiest game recently was Reading's 1-0 home win against Huddersfield, in September last season, when he booked seven players, five from Huddersfield and also sent off one of the Huddersfield player for a second yellow. He hasn't beaten that so far this season but has issed six yellows in five different games so getting close

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