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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 Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough today. Here is a look at his stats.

Season Performance

Mr Martin has taken charge of twenty-eight league games so far this season, showing forty-five yellow cards and two reds. Of those games, eight have been in the Championship and in those games he has booked twelves players and sent off one.

Last Blues Game Refereed

The last Blues game that Mr Martin took charge of was the Boxing Day clash with Wigan that finished 0-0. In that game, he booked two players – James Perch and Jean Beausejour of Wigan – and sent off one – Jesse Lingard. Colin Tattum was critical of Mr Martin’s performance in his match report here.

Last Championship Game Refereed

The last game at this level that Mr Martin took charge of was the game between Leicester and Middlesbrough on January 25. In that game he booked just one player – Daniel Ayala of Middlesbrough.

Suspension Watch

13 yellow cards – Paul Robinson (two suspensions served)
5 yellow cards –  Olly Lee
4 yellow cards –  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. If a player collects fifteen yellow cards before the end of the season they will attract a three match ban.

All referee stats via Soccerbase.

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