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REF WATCH: FRIEND'S ROYALS APPOINTMENT

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09:00 24th April 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Leicestershire official in charge of live Sky Sports clash ...

REFEREE Kevin Friend will take charge of QPR's Barclay's Premier League encounter against Reading on Sunday afternoon.

This weekend’s clash, broadcast live on Sky Sports, will be Friend’s third outing in charge of the R’s this season.

Friend took charge of Rangers 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United’s St. James Park in December whilst he was also responsible for our 3-2 loss at Aston Villa last month.

He started refereeing at the tender age of just 13 within his home county of Leicestershire.

His route to the National List was via the Leicester Senior League and Midland Football Alliance, before being promoted to the National list in 2000.

After three more seasons he reached the National List of Referees.

In addition to being appointed as Fourth Official at an Under-21 International fixture, he has also been appointed to the FA Vase Final, FL Trophy Final and the 2012/13 Community Shield Final.

He recently took charge of the League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium between Bradford City and Swansea City.

Kevin took charge of his first Premier League fixture in August 2009 between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham at Molineux.

The 41-year-olds last outing came on Sunday when he took charge of Liverpool’s controversial 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

Friend has issued 109 yellow cards, three red cards and seven penalties in 31 appearances this season.

A Halliday and L Betts are confirmed as Friend’s assistants, with L Probert taking up the fourth official role.

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