Meet the officials | Sunderland

10th January 2023
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Close up of referee Keith Stroud

Keith Stroud will be the man in the middle when Swansea City travel to Sunderland on Saturday (3pm).

It will be the second time the man from Hampshire has overseen a Swans game this season having previously blown the whistle at a 3-0 home win over Hull City in September.

Ryan Manning, Joel Piroe and Luke Cundle were on the scoresheet and Stroud handed out three yellow cards with Nathan Wood the only Swansea man booked.

The 53-year-old Stroud joined the National List of Referees in 2004 and took charge of a Swans match for the first time in March of the following year; a 2-2 draw against Northampton Town at Sixfields.

He has been the referee for a further 25 matches including a League One play-off semi-final in 2006 and a Championship play-off semi-final in 2020 – both against Brentford.

So far this season, Stroud has taken charge of 21 matches handing out 106 yellow cards and two reds.

On Saturday, he will be assisted by Matthew Jones and Andrew Fox. Robert Madden will be the fourth official.

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