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John Brooks handed Wednesday's trip to Swansea City

Match Officials confirmed as we head to Liberty Stadium

26 January 2021

Our midweek action this week takes us to The Liberty Stadium on Wednesday and a game against the side currently sitting second in the Sky Bet Championship, Swansea City. The match officials have now been confirmed as two of the top four go head-to-head in South Wales.

Referee: John Brooks

Assistant Referees: Nick Greenhalgh and Akil Howson  

Fourth Official: James Linington

Tomorrow's game will be John Brooks' eighth in charge of The Bees, with us only tasting defeat in one of the previous seven of those fixtures. 

The Leicestershire and Rutland official started in the Leicestershire local leagues in the mid-2000s before moving up the ranks. He ran the line at Wembley for the 2014 Sky Bet Championship Play-Off final, the same year he began refereeing in the National League. Two years later, in August 2016, Brooks took charge of his first EFL games.

His maiden second-tier game was in December 2017 with his second Championship assignment seeing us take three points in the north-east against Sunderland the following February. He then took charge of five further Bees games, all of them at Griffin Park, prior to this campaign.

He was the man in the middle when we lost 2-1 to Middlesbrough in November 2018 and also for our 3-3 draw against Derby County in April 2019. Last term's outings saw him officiate our 2-1 win over Cardiff City, January's 3-1 derby victory over Queens Park Rangers, and our dramatic 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic in July.

This term's one assignment came in September as we beat Southampton 2-0 in the Second Round of the Carabao Cup.  

In 18 games this season Brooks has shown 58 yellow cards and one red, which came for Cardiff City against Swansea in December.  

Swansea City 2020/21

301 fouls - 16th in Sky Bet Championship

39 yellow cards - 6th in Sky Bet Championship 

0 red cards - Joint-Fewest in Sky Bet Championship

As this game is a re-arranged Saturday afternoon fixture, there is no VIP access for Season Ticket Holders and Premium Seat Members.

The only way to give us your support for this crucial clash is with a £10 Match Pass (£7 international fans)

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