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Leeds United: Fans flock to news Kevin Friend will be in charge v Burnley

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Leeds United fans have been reacting to news regarding their upcoming game in the Premier League.

Barring any last-minute changes regarding health issues within either squad, Leeds are set to take on Burnley at Elland Road this upcoming Sunday, in what could arguably be described as a relegation six-pointer given the position of both sides in the table.

It will be Leeds United’s first game since 18th December, whilst Sean Dyche’s men will be playing their second game since 12th December, with both sides having their schedules disrupted due to health issues.

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The Premier League announced that the man in charge of the game will be Kevin Friend, with Mike Dean in control of VAR.

The stats for Leeds with Friend are not great, as @El_Loco_Jo pointed out that of the 21 games he has refereed of theirs, they have lost eight, received 37 yellow cards, one red and had two penalties given against them.

No surprise, then, that Leeds fans weren’t too happy with the news when it was relayed to them by journalist Adam Pope:

“Red card incoming for us and their centre backs to kick the pony out of us without sanction”

“Always had it in for us since Stockport away….remember him checking every corner was in the correct spot….”
“Great news if you like a throw in to be taken from the exact spot the ball went out”
“They’re going to try and kick us aren’t they, Friend needs to be strong.”
“Never ends does it?”
“Friend has done loads of our games and is appalling”
“The fact I actually think he’s one of the better refs is frightening”

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Hopefully, Friend’s role in the game will be minimal and he won’t be the talking point when all is said and done.

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