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Referee Watch – James Linington

Barring any late changes, James Linington of Newport will be in the middle for Blues’ Championship game against Burnley at St Andrew’s today. Here is a look at his stats.

Season Performance

Mr Linington has taken charge of twenty-seven games so far this season and in those games he has shown eighty yellow cards and six reds. Of those games, eight have been in the Championship and in those matches he has cautioned thirty players.

Last Blues Match Refereed

Mr Linington has never officiated in a Birmingham City match prior to today

Last Championship Game Refereed

The last match at this level that Mr Linington took charge of was the match between Watford and Blackpool at the start of this month. In that game Mr Linington booked two players – Essaid Belkalem of Watford and Chris Basham of Blackpool.

Suspension Watch

12 yellow cards – Paul Robinson (two suspensions served)
4 yellow cards –  Olly Lee, Jonathan Spector and Federico Macheda
3 yellow cards – Paul Caddis, Neal Eardley, Tom Adeyemi,  Lee Novak, and Nikola Zigic
2 yellow cards – Callum Reilly, Mitch Hancox, and Shane Ferguson
1 yellow card –   Koby Arthur, Wade Elliott, Matt Green,  Colin Doyle, David Murphy, Darren Randolph, Chris Burke, Emyr Huws, Brian Howard, Albert Rusnak 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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