Referee who sent off three in incident-packed Leeds United clash with Brighton takes charge of Whites' Sheffield United game

Referee Graham Scott will take charge of his 80th Premier League fixture on Saturday but it will be his first top flight game involving Leeds United.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 12:40 pm
SENT OFF - El-Hadji Diouf was given his marching orders by Graham Scott for a gesture to the Brighton fans during a Championship defeat for Leeds United. Pic: Getty

The Oxfordshire official last refereed a Leeds game in February 2018, when they lost 4-1 at home to Cardiff City in the Championship.

That was the 10th time he took charge of the Whites, having first refereed them in League One action in January 2010.

It was his second Leeds encounter that may stick out for fans, however.

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When Brighton beat Brian McDermott's Leeds 2-1 at Elland Road in April 2013, they secured their place in the Championship play-offs. It was a game full of incident, however, with three red cards dished out and a penalty awarded to the Whites.

Will Buckley gave the visitors the lead before Rudolph Austin was sent off for an aggressive challenge on Seagulls striker Ashley Barnes.

It became 10 against 10 when Inigo Calderon got his marching orders for pulling down El-Hadji Diouf in the area, the Leeds man converting the resulting spot-kick.

Diouf was soon joining Calderon however, seeing red for a gesture towards the away fans.

And with Leeds down to nine, Brighton secured the three points with Leo Ulloa's header.

"What he [Diouf] did is not clever," said McDermott.

"He has got to learn because he is going to miss three games now. He is really upset but he has to be accountable for his actions. These things are dotted around his career. He can be a match-winner and I've told him he has to let his football do the talking.

"If you run 50 yards and make a gesture, that is not a heat of the moment thing. I believe 100 per cent he can learn from this - he has to."

Scott officiated his first Premier League match on Saturday November 29 2014, a 1-1 draw between Burnley and Aston Villa at Turf Moor.

Ahead of the 2015/16 Premier League season, Scott was promoted into the Select Group of referees.

This season he has refereed 21 games, 10 of which were top flight fixtures in which he's shown 26 yellow cards and four reds.

In his only encounter with Sheffield United he sent off John Egan on 12 minutes and later awarded a penalty that John Lundstram missed, in the Blades' 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

Earlier this season he was the fourth official for Leeds' loss at West Ham United.

On Saturday at Elland Road he will be assisted by Richard West and Mark Scholes, with Kevin Friend acting as fourth official. Former A-League referee Jarred Gillett will take charge of VAR, with Marc Perry assisting.