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Referee Watch – Kevin Friend

Barring any late changes, Kevin Friend of Leicestershire will be in the middle for Blues’ game against Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday. Here is a look at his stats.

Season Performance

Mr Friend has so far officiated in five games this season showing fifteen yellow cards and two reds. None of these games have been in the Championship but Mr Friend was in the middle for the FA Community Shield this year – a game in which he struggled to keep control of showing eight yellow cards and sending off Branislav Ivanovic. Last season Mr Friend was in the middle for thirty-three games, showing 120 yellow cards and sending off three players. Of those games, five were in the Championship where he showed eighteen yellow cards and sent off two players.

Last Blues match refereed

The last Birmingham City game Mr Friend officiated in was the 2-0 Carling Cup defeat to Manchester City, in which he didn’t show a card. However, Blues fans will remember Mr Friend for the Bolton game in 2010/11 where he sent off Jussi Jaaskelainen in the first half and then controversially allowed the Bolton equaliser to stand after a foul in the build-up and for the Wolves game in the same season where he sent off Craig Gardner in the 29th minute.

Last Championship game refereed

The last game at this level that Mr Friend officiated in was the game between Middlesbrough and Cardiff at the Riverside Stadium that finished 2-0 to the Bluebirds in April of this year. In that game Mr Friend showed yellow cards to Joe Bennett of Middlesbrough and Andrew Taylor, Peter Whittingham and Stephen McPhail of Cardiff. City. The Middlesbrough Gazette notes that Mr Friend was lenient to Boro in not sending off keeper Jason Steele for what looked like a foul just outside the area; soemthing that Malky Mackay complained about to Walesonline.

All stats from Soccerbase

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7 Responses to “Referee Watch – Kevin Friend”

  • Taz says:

    The FA must really be desperate if they are still allowing this guy to act as a referee. He has got to be, just about, the biggest d*ldo on the planet.

    The only good thing that can be said about him is that, he is not really biased one way or the other. He is a prat for both sides.

  • Paul Carter - The Voice Of Reason says:

    He and his family are all vile

    • AuldBertie says:

      I can believe that after THAT performance against Bolton. Barry Ferguson gets sandwiched by two Bolton players as he went for a header on the edge of our goal area so the clown awards THEM a free kick. We have been on the receiving end of some ‘questionable’ decisions from him many times before and I expect it to continue tomorrow :(

    • Euston 9.18 says:

      Another thoughtful response from carter

      comment edited

  • Ted says:

    For God’s sake send him some love, before it’s too late!


  • Oby says:

    He truly his a very poor ref, there is even a Facebook campaign to try and rid him of his duties, I will be very surprised if he gives us any fave decisions .

  • RichardM says:

    This guy is a tool – and reminds me of the equally awful Uriah Rennie, in that he fancied himself as the star of the show, which is why he’s happy to brandish the cards. However – I agree with Taz – the only thing going for us is that he will be equally rubbish for Cardiff as well. Might work in our favour, we get a freak decision and Cardiff get a man sent off – (my money would be on Craig Bellamy receiving his marching orders!!)

    Didn’t he get some stick from Alex Ferguson recently from some Man Utd game he “officiated”??

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