Referee: Keith Stroud

Assistant Referees: Jonathan Hunt and Ian Cooper

Fourth Official: David Rock

Keith Stroud began his professional career back in 2004 and has been involved in FA Cup and Play-Off finals, as well as spending a number of seasons officiating in the Premier League.

In total, we have won 16 and drawn three of 29 games under the Hampshire official, only Leeds United and Ipswich Town have been refereed more times by Stroud. Most notable among those were our 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane in April 2013, which saw four penalties and three red cards given, and a pair of home wins over Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United at the end of the 2018/19 season.

After winning seven straight games under Stroud, we have lost our last two. He was the man in charge of July's Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg defeat at Swansea City, sending off Rico Henry late on, and then took charge of October's 3-2 defeat away at Stoke City.

So far this season, Stroud has shown 39 yellow cards and one red in 16 competitive fixtures.

Reading 2020/21

206 fouls – Second least in Championship

23 yellow cards – 20th in Championship

0 red card – Joint-least in Championship

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