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Referee Watch – Mick Russell

Barring any late changes, Mick Russell of Hertfordshire will be in the middle for Blues’ game against Hull City at St Andrews on Saturday. Here is a look at his stats.

Season Performance

Mr Russell has been in the middle for eighteen matches this season, showing thirty-six yellow cards and one red. Of those games, five have been in the Championship and those games have yielded fifteen cautions. Last season Mr Russell took charge of twelve games, showing twenty-five yellow cards and two reds. Of those games, four were in the Championship and in those games he handed out nine bookings and sent one player off.

Last Blues Game Refereed

The last Blues game Mr Russell was in the middle for was the 3-1 away defeat to Leicester in March of this year. In that game he handed out three yellow cards – to Steven Caldwell of Blues and Tom Kennedy and Sean St Ledger of Leicester City. Mr Russell also awarded Blues a penalty for a foul on Nikola Zigic – something that pleased both myself and Colin Tattum in our reports as Zigic has been known to get a rough ride due to his height.

Last Championship Game Refereed

The last game at this level reffed by Mr Russell was the game at the start of this month between Derby County and Blackpool which finished 4-1 to the hosts. In that game Mr Russell booked three players – Ian Evatt, Tom Ince and Chris Basham, all of Blackpool and awarded a penalty to the visitors. The penalty was a bone of contention; the Blackpool Gazette didn’t really mention it but the Derby Telegraph were critical and pointed to another incident in Derby’s favour which wasn’t given.

All stats from Soccerbase

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