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Referee Linington to ref Norwich game

last updated Thursday 03rd August 2017, 11:48 PM

Match Referee News

Fulham vrs Norwich City

Championship Match Day 01 1718 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 4th August 2017    KO: 15:00

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 on 11th 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.

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 occassion Mr Linington reffed Norwich was in April 2017 when Norwich beat Reading 7-1 and he booked three players, one, J Murphy, from Norwich.

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.

His busiest game so far this season was in Reading's 1-0 home win against Huddersfield when he booked seven players, five from Huddersfield and also sent off one of the Huddersfield player for a second yellow.

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