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Meet The Ref – Luton Town

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Darren Bond will take charge of the Swans for the second time this season having been the man with the whistle for our 2-1 win over Watford at the Liberty at the start of January.

Bond issued 5 yellow cards in that game and in 20 Championship games this season he has issued 63 yellow cards and 4 reds.

Bond was appointed to the EFL Referee list in 2012 and more recently added to the Select Group 2 referees list in 2016. He has refereed more than 200 times in the EFL

As ever on Planet Swans we like to do our research on the referee and found a facebook group dedicated to Bond (Darren Bond is the worst football league referee – click here) although with just 21 people “liking” the page it never really became a campaign!

Darren Bond Championship Record 2020/21

Then QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink once described a game taken charge of by Bond as being like the ‘Wild Wild West’ telling the BBC after the game “If the referee is going to give those kind of decisions then I don’t think he is fit enough to whistle in the Championship. Certain decisions were ridiculous. It was like the Wild Wild West out there.

“We are all saying we need to protect the referee and players are not allowed to surround them

“It is because of referees like this that it happens. He makes it bad for other referees – the good ones.

“I am sorry for the fans that we had to lose in this manner. It wasn’t meant to be for us to get the three points because of two referee’s decisions.”

Bond will be assisted by Mark Russell and Robert Hyde whilst Andy Woolmer is the fourth official.

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Phil Sumblerhttp://www.planetswans.co.uk
Been watching the Swans since the very late 1970s and running the Planet Swans website (in all its current and previous guises since the summer of 2001 As it stood JackArmy.net was right at the forefront of some of the activity against Tony Petty back in 2001, breaking many of the stories of the day as fans stood against the actions where the local media failed. Was involved with the Swans Supporters Trust from 2005, for the large part as Chairman before standing down in the summer of 2020.

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