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Craig Pawson to officiate against Aston Villa on Sunday

The Match Officials for our first game of 2022 have been confirmed

31 December 2021

Referee: Craig Pawson

Assistant Referees: Mark Scholes and Scott Ledger

Fourth Official: Darren England

VAR: Michael Oliver

Assistant VAR: Stuart Burt

Craig Pawson has been a referee since 1993, working his way up the Football League ladder since the 2008/09 campaign.

The Sheffield & Hallamshire FA referee was then placed in the Select Group of Premier League officials from the 2013/14 season. 

Pawson has been involved with Play-Off, League Cup, and FA Cup finals, as well as refereeing in the Champions League, Europa League, and World Cup qualifiers. 

Sunday will be only the fifth time the 42-year-old has been involved in a Brentford game. His four previous Bees outings have all ended in home wins, with us coming out on the right side of two of them. Our victories have been at home to Bristol Rovers in February 2011 and Huddersfield Town in September last year, the first league game played at the Brentford Community Stadium, while the defeats were at Chester City in October 2008 and Stevenage in March 2013.

The Sheffield-born official has shown 68 yellow cards and five red cards this season in 16 matches across the Premier League, Europa Conference League, and World Cup Qualifying. 

Aston Villa 2021/22

174 fouls - 15th in Premier League

38 yellow card - Fourth-most in Premier League

1 red card - Fifth-most in Premier League 

All adult supporters must fill in a Covid-19 Self Declaration form before coming on Sunday and be able to show proof of an NHS COVID Pass or negative test result within the last 48 hours

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