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JOHNSON HANDED COVENTRY CLASH

10 February 2015

Somerset born referee Kevin Johnson will officiate the League One fixture between the Iron and Coventry City on Tuesday.

The game at the Ricoh Arena will be the 19th game this season Johnson has taken charge of, with his last official Sky Bet league game as a referee coming on the 31st January when he oversaw a 1-1 between Bradford City and Colchester United at Valley Parade. He handed out four yellow cards during the match, he booked the Bantams midfielder Gary Liddle, while brandishing yellows to U’s trio Tom Eastman, Gavin Massey and Tom Lapslie.

So far this campaign Johnson has brandished 59 yellow cards, and four red’s, with the last coming for Peterborough’s Joe Newell in the Posh’s 2-1 away victory over Leyton Orient.
Johnson has officiated in the Football League for the first time this season as he was promoted from the Conference from the beginning of the 2014/2015 season. He refereed in the Conference Premier Play-Off Semi-Finals in the game between Gateshead and Grimsby Town.

He refereed in 22 games last campaign, handing out 64 yellow cards and eight reds. In October 2013 he handed out three red cards in one game as Kidderminster defeated Forest Green 4-1. Al Bangura was sent off during the game for the away side, but the number of players on the pitch was reduced further after sending off Harriers midfielder James Dance and Rovers defender Aarran Racine after they clashed in stoppage time.

Johnson has never refereed a game involving either of the two sides going in to this fixture, however he has earned Football League experience in all three divisions this season, as he officiated the game between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackpool in mid-January.

He’ll take charge of this game alongside assistant Wayne Porter and Steven Rushton, with Andrew Aylott appointed as the fourth official.

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