Date: 7th May 2013 at 10:40pm
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Kevin Friend has been appointed the man in the middle for Stoke City`s clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 12th May.

Friend has refereed in 22 Premier League matches this season, handing out 81 yellow cards and one red card.

This will be the third time Friend has been the official in a Stoke match, with the other two matches being eventful for Stoke midfielder Dean Whitehead. Friend sent off Whitehead in Stoke`s opening day draw against Reading at the Madejski Stadium, his only league sending off this season, whilst the Leicester based referee was the man in the middle in Stoke`s 1-0 victory against W.B.A. at the Hawthorns, where Whitehead bagged the winner.

Meanwhile, Friend has been the man in black for a Tottenham Hotspur fixture once this season. That coming in Spurs 2-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

Friend`s assistant referees for the tie are P. Kirkup and C. Breakspear, whilst Chris Foy is his fourth official.