Date: 3rd May 2017 at 8:02pm
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The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Aston Villa and Brighton this Sunday.

Aston Villa host Brighton on Sunday May 7 for the game at Villa Park and the match carries a 12pm kick off.

Referee: Darren Bond
Linesmen: Nick Hopton and Jonathan Hunt
Fourth Official: Kevin Johnson

Match Day referee Bond has officiated 39 games in 2016/17 with a return of 116 yellow cards and five red cards.

His highest card count this season was seven yellows in the game between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham. He also showed seven in the game between Huddersfield Town and Aston Villa.

He took in 36 matches in 2015-16 and in those games, across all competitions and football divisions, he handed out a total of 106 yellow cards and three red cards.

He was most card happy in the match between Bristol City and MK Dons on October 3 with a total of eight yellows being shown.

Bond comes from a footballing family. After taking up the whistle at 15, he has progressed to the Select Group 2 referees list armed with 20 years of refereeing experience, which included a year as an assistant referee in the Premier League.

Source – EFL.

Let`s hope it`s not another repeat and more of the players edge closer to automatic bans.

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