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REF WATCH - SWARBRICK IN CHARGE

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09:01 6th February 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Swarbrick in charge for the R's visit to the Liberty Stadium ...

Top official Neil Swarbrick will oversee the R's third away Premier League fixture of 2013, when Harry Redknapp’s QPR travel to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. 

This weekend’s match will be Swarbrick’s first game in charge of the Hoops this campaign.

Swarbrick observed two QPR games last term; defeat against Norwich City at Loftus Road and the R’s 2-2 draw against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

The 47-year-old also took charge of the R’s memorable away win at Watford during the 2010/11 season - on a day when Warnock's men were crowned Champions.

Swarbrick took up refereeing relatively late, at the age of 29.

Within six years he was promoted to the National List of assistant referees. He fulfilled this role for four years before being added to the Referees List.

He refereed in the Football Conference until moving into the Football League. He has also officiated FA Cup and Football League Cup matches.

His first Premier League appointment came on December 11th 2010, when he took charge of a goalless draw between Fulham and Sunderland.

During his second Premier League appointment on February 26th 2011 Swarbrick issued his first red card in England's top-level division to current R's striker DJ Campbell, then of Blackpool, as they lost 4-0 away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In June 2011, it was announced that Swarbrick had been promoted to the Select Group of Referees.

Swarbrick will be flanked by A Halliday and L Betts, whilst K Stroud is the fourth official.

MATCHES: 23

YELLOW CARDS: 69

RED CARDS: 4

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