Date: 1st February 2017 at 12:17pm
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The Premier League has appointed 45-year-old Kevin Friend as tonight’s referee between West Ham United and Manchester City.

Premier League
Wednesday 1 February 2017
Olympic Stadium
West Ham United v Manchester City
Kick off 19:45 GMT
Live within the UK on BT Sport 1

Adam Nunn and Darren Cann

Fourth official
Jonathan Moss

Kevin Friend

Born in Bristol, and a self-confessed Bristol City and Leicester City supporter Mr Friend came to the media’s attention in 2016 when he was controversially prevented from officiating a Premier League match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur after details emerged about him being a supporter of, and soon to be, league champions Leicester City. The Stoke and Spurs result may have altered the dynamics of the run-in therefore it was deemed by the PL’s hierarchy to remove Friend as, in their eyes Kevin was a conflict of interest.

Season 2016/17

Mr Friend has brandished 73 yellow and one red card during his 21 games.

Previous games involving Manchester City

Wednesday 14 December 2016
City 2-0 Watford
Yellow cards – P Zabaleta

Saturday 5 November 2016
Man City 1-1 Middlesbrough
Yellow cards – S Aguero

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