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David Coote to take charge at Leeds United on Sunday

The weekend's match officials have been announced

4 December 2021

Referee: David Coote

Assistant Referees: Nick Hopton and James Mainwaring

Fourth Official: Michael Sailsbury

VAR: Lee Mason 

Assistant VAR: Darren Cann

Nottinghamshire FA referee David Coote will be the man in charge of Sunday's trip to Leeds United.

Coote, the son of former Nottinghamshire CCC batsman David Edward Coote, started refereeing as a 16-year-old, working his way up from the Notts Alliance League to the Conference North, before his promotion to the Football League list in 2010. In May 2014, he was the referee for the League One play-off Final at Wembley between Leyton Orient and Rotherham United and took charge of his first Premier League game in April 2018.

We have lost only three of the 16 games which he has officiated, with seven wins and six draws. Coote was the referee for our 2-1 win over Fulham in November 2014 and our 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage the following December. He also took charge of a 3-0 home win against Aston Villa and a 2-0 Griffin Park victory over tomorrow's opponents, Leeds United, during the 2016/17 campaign. 

Last season Coote took our September draw away at Millwall, awarding us a penalty from which Ivan Toney opened his Bees account, before overseeing our home defeat to Barnsley in February, which ended our 21-game unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship.

So far this term, Coote has taken charge of 10 matches, showing 44 yellow cards and three reds. He has awarded the third most fouls per game (25.14), third most yellow cards (38), and joint-most red cards (two) of all Premier League referees so far this campaign.  

Leeds United 2021/22

169 fouls – Second most in Premier League

36 yellow cards – Most in Premier League 

1 red card – Third-most in Premier League

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