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Darren England to take charge of visit to Manchester City

Wednesday's match officials have been confirmed

8 February 2022

We make a trip to Manchester City on Wednesday night for a game against the reigning Premier League Champions. Ahead of our first-ever visit to The Etihad, the match officials have been confirmed.

Referee: Darren England

Assistant Referees: Simon Long and Timothy Wood

Fourth Official: Andrew Madley

Video Assistant Referee: Jon Moss

Additional Video Assistant Referee: Neil Davies

Tomorrow night will be Darren England's 12th outing in charge of Brentford, making us the 36-year-old's second-most frequently officiated team, behind Derby County. 

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.

Prior to our 2-0 Boxing Day defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion, we'd 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, 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 won our opening two Premier League matches under the 36-year-old, scoing a penalty in each. First was our 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in September, a game that also saw Shandon Baptiste sent off, before November's 1-0 win at home to Everton; Ivan Toney netting from 12 yards in both of those.

So far this season, England's 12 games have seen 52 yellow cards and that one red for Shandon. The Doncaster-born official leads all Premier League officials in penalties per game, having awarded six in his nine outings so far. 

Manchester City 2021/22

200 fouls - 16th in Premier League

30 yellow cards - 16th in Premier League

1 red cards - 7th in Premier League

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