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Change to tonight's Match Officials

Darren England will now take charge at The Amex

26 December 2021

Referee: Darren England

Assistant Referees: Ed Smart and Mark Scholes

Fourth Official: Keith Stroud

Video Assistant Referee: John Brooks

Additional Video Assistant Referee: Adam Nunn

Darren England has replaced Andrew Madley as tonight's match referee.

This is England's second season as one of the Select Group 1 of Premier League referees, having spent many years in the professional game as a linesman, including running the line for the 2015 FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Arsenal.

We've only lost once in England's ten previous matches in charge. There was a 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers and a 3-3 draw with Sunderland during the 2017/18 season and a 2-0 success over Wigan Athletic in September 2018 before a win, at home to Preston North End, a draw, at home to Hull City, and a loss, away at Luton Town, during the 2019/20 campaign. 

Last season's first outing came in the Carabao Cup Third Round against West Bromwich Albion. England awarded three spot kicks in regulation time, one for us and two for The Baggies, as we went on to win 5-4 on penalties following a 2-2 draw. He then took charge of April's 1-1 draw at home to Cardiff City which saw The Bluebirds net from the spot. 

This season we have won both Premier League matches under the 36-year-old, scoing a penalty in each. The first was our 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in September, a game that also saw Shandon Baptiste sent off, with the other last month's 1-0 win at home to Everton.

So far this season, England's eight games have seen 36 yellow cards and that one red for Shandon. The Doncaster-born official leads all Premier League officials in penalties per game, having awarded four in his six outings so far. 

Brighton and Hove Albion 2021/22

164 fouls - 12th in Premier League

38 yellow cards - 3rd in Premier League

1 red cards - 4th in Premier League

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