Swansea City v Leeds United: Meet the referee

Referee Phil Dowd (right) checks on Manchester City's Wayne Bridge after he picks up an injury. PIC: PA
Referee Phil Dowd (right) checks on Manchester City's Wayne Bridge after he picks up an injury. PIC: PA
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Staffordshire’s Phil Dowd is dropping out of the Premier League for the first time this season tomorrow, an indication of how significant the game at the Liberty Stadium is.

Aside from FA Cup and Carling Cup fixtures, every one of his 26 appointments has taken place in the country’s top flight so far this term.

A tally of 96 yellow cards and nine red cards underlines his reputation as a tough disciplinarian.

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