Date: 16th February 2017 at 8:48pm
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The Football Association have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Manchester United this Sunday.

Blackburn Rovers host Manchester United on Sunday February 19 for the FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Ewood Park and the match carries a 4.15pm kick off.

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Linesmen: Harry Lennard and Steve Child
Fourth Official: Stephen Martin

Match Day referee Atkinson has officiated 25 games in 2016/17, returning 96 yellow cards and one red card.

His highest card count this season was seven yellows in the game between Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion. He has shown seven yellows on four occasions.

He took in 46 matches in 2015-16 and in those games, across all competitions and football divisions, he handed out a whopping total of 169 yellow cards but only one red card.

He was most card happy in the game on February 14 between Arsenal and Leicester where he showed eight yellow cards and one red card. He showed eight yellows in April in the game between Sparta Prague and Villarreal. Prior to that Barcelona and Bayern Leverkusen back on September 29 saw seven yellows He’s also hit six yellows in five games as well.

Let`s hope it`s not another repeat and more of our players edge closer to automatic bans.