Date: 22nd February 2016 at 8:56pm
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Kevin Friend has been named as the man in the middle when Stoke welcome Rene Garde`s Aston Villa to the Britannia Stadium tomorrow.

The Leicester and Rutland County F.A. referee was promoted to the Premier League select group of referee`s in 2009., before being appointed a FIFA official between 2008.

Friend`s biggest fixture to date was the 2013 League Cup final between Bradford and Swansea at Wembley Stadium.

He is currently Stoke`s joint most successful referee this season, averaging 3 points per game for the Potters.

The 44-year-old has been in charge of 18 fixtures so far this season, handing out 59 yellow cards and one red card at an average of 3.33 cards per game.

The official has been in charge of Stoke once this season; their 2-0 home victory against Manchester United. He handed out three yellows card over the fixture, one to Bojan Krkic.

Bristol born Friend has been in charge of Aston Villa once this season; their 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal at Villa Park. There were no yellow cards issued during the game.

S Beck and P Kirkup are Friend`s assistant referees.


Stoke record with Friend (2015/16): P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 2 A 0 PTS 3 AV. PTS 3

Aston Villa record with Friend (2015/16): P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 0 A 2 PTS 0 AV. PTS 0


Stoke’s Referee Record 2015/16

1. Mike Jones P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 1 A 0 YC 0 RC 0 PTS 3 AV. PTS 3
1. Kevin Friend P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 2 A 0 YC 1 RC 0 PTS 3 AV. PTS 3
1. Mark Clattenburg P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 4 A 3 YC 1 RC 0 PTS 3 AV. PTS 3
1. Neil Swarbrick P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 3 A 1 YC 0 RC 0 PTS 3 AV. PTS 3
1. Graham Scott P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 3 A 1 YC 2 RC 0 PTS 3 AV. PTS 3
6. Lee Mason P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 4 A 3 YC 2 RC 1 PTS 6 AV. PTS 2
6. Robert Madley P 2 W 1 D 1 L 1 F 4 A 4 YC 7 RC 0 PTS 4 AV. PTS 2
8. Anthony Taylor P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1 F 1 A 1 YC 5 RC 0 PTS 3 AV. PTS 1.5
8. Martin Atkinson P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1 F 2 A 2 YC 3 RC 0 PTS 3 AV. PTS 1.5
10. Andre Marriner P 3 W 0 D 2 L 1 F 2 A 5 YC 4 RC 0 PTS 2 AV. PTS 0.66
10. Craig Pawson P 1 W 0 D 1 L 0 F 0 A 0 YC 0 RC 0 PTS 1 AV. PTS 1
12. Roger East P 2 W 0 D 1 L 1 F 0 A 3 YC 4 RC 0 PTS 1 AV. PTS 0.5
13. Mike Dean P 3 W 0 D 1 L 2 F 1 A 6 YC 4 RC 1 PTS 1 AV. PTS 0.33
14. Michael Oliver P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 0 A 1 YC 0 RC 2 PTS 0 AV. PTS 0
14. Jonathan Moss P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 0 A 2 YC 1 RC 0 PTS 0 AV. PTS 0