Robert Jones will judge Leeds United for their unrivaled trip to West Bromwich Albion for the New Year Championships, and Merseyside will lead them for the third time this season.
The official, who watched games at all four major levels of English football, will add another white match to his record when he hits Hawthorns on Wednesday.
With nearly 200 matches held in several leagues and competitions, Jones brings with him some promising experience – and a favorable record for Leeds fans – in the West Midlands.
Since his first match, he has judged seven previous United matches, which is the only game he controls when they go empty-handed.
This time, it was a 1-0 loss to Ipswich in the era of Thomas Christiansen, when Yunan O’Kane was sent in the first half for cruel behavior right in front of Jones.
Since then, however, Leeds has not lost at all when he held the whistle, recording three wins and a draw last season when he was a man in the middle.
This year, he also watched an early home draw in August with Nottingham Forest and a 1-0 victory over Birmingham on Elland Road.
Jones made his debut in the Premier League just over a week ago, taking responsibility for Brighton and Hove Albion’s Christmas losses in Sheffield United.
Thus, his pedigree is highly respected, and the main event of his judicial career is the League 1 playoff final between Rotherham United and Shrewsbury Town at Wembley Stadium in 2018.
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