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Referee Watch – Neil Swarbrick

Barring any late changes, Neil Swarbrick of Lancashire will be in the middle for Blues’ fourth round FA Cup tie against Swansea City at St Andrews today. Here is a look at his stats.

Season Performance

Mr Swarbrick has taken charge of eighteen games so far this season, showing eighteen yellow cards and one red card. Unlike many of the referees in Blues’ matches this season, the majority of Mr Swarbricks’ games have been in the top flight.

Last Blues Match Refereed

The last game involving Blues Mr Swarbrick officiated in was the match between Blues and Coventry at the Ricoh Stadium in March 2012 which finished 1-1. In that game Mr Swarbrick booked two players – Jordan Clarke and Alex Nimely of Coventry – and sent off Jordon Mutch of Blues who I said  in my match reflections deserved it.

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, Olly Lee,  Tom Adeyemi, Lee Novak, and Jonathan Spector
2 yellow cards – Paul Caddis, Callum Reilly, Nikola Zigic, Mitch Hancox, and Shane Ferguson
1 yellow card –  Darren Ambrose, Koby Arthur, Wade Elliott, Matt Green,  Colin Doyle, David Murphy, Darren Randolph, Hayden Mullins,  Chris Burke 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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