The man in black: Southampton

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 11th September 2021

West Ham United's trip to Southampton will be refereed by David Coote.

The Nottinghamshire-based official, who has been a referee since the age of 16 and is the son of former professional cricketer David Coote takes charge of a West Ham match for the first time since December 2020.

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On that occasion the Hammers drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace at the London Olympic Stadium - a match that saw The Eagles' Christian Benteke dismissed by Coote for a second bookable offence in the second half of the game.

Altogether he has taken charge of six West Ham matches, issuing 12 yellow cards and no reds to United's players while awarding the Irons two penalties.

So far this season Coote has officiated twice in the Premier League, dishing out 10 yellow cards in the games between Burnley and Brighton (3 cards) and Aston Villa versus Newcastle (seven cards).

Coote will be assisted at St Mary's by linesmen James Mainwaring and Wade Smith. The fourth official is David Webb while sitting in the VAR hot seat is Simon Hooper, assisted by Simon Beck.

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