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Referee Watch – Stephen Martin

Barring any late changes, Stephen Martin of Staffordshire will be in the middle for Blues’ Championship game against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium today. Here is a look at his stats. Today’s game will only be his 7th game at this level in his career.

Season Performance

Mr Martin has taken charge of twenty games this season, showing thirty-one yellow cards in those games. Of those matches, five have been in the Championship and those games have yielded eight yellow cards.

Last Blues Game Refereed

Mr Martin has never taken charge of a Birmingham City game previously.

Last Championship Game Refereed

The last game at this level that Mr Martin took charge of was the match between Bournemouth and Derby County at the Goldsands Stadium in November. That game yielded four yellow cards. It’s worth noting that Mr Martin didn’t give a single yellow card in his first six matches of the season.

Suspension Watch

1 red card – Wade Elliott (three match suspension served), Kyle Bartley (one match suspension served)

9 yellow cards – Paul Robinson (one match suspension served)
4 yellow cards –  Kyle Bartley
3 yellow cards – Neal Eardley, Tom Adeyemi, Dan Burn and Jonathan Spector
2 yellow cards – Lee Novak, Paul Caddis, Olly Lee, Mitch Hancox, and Shane Ferguson
1 yellow card –  Darren Ambrose, Koby Arthur, Wade Elliott,  Jesse Lingard, Matt Green, Nikola Zigic, Colin Doyle, David Murphy, Darren Randolph, Callum Reilly, Chris Burke, Dariusz Dudka and Andrew Shinnie

The “cut-off” point where a fifth yellow card will no longer attract a suspension is after December 31 2013 and the point where a tenth yellow card will no longer attract a suspension is after April 13 2014.

All referee stats via Soccerbase

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