Hooper to referee Friday night East Midlands derby

Simon Hooper will take charge of his second East Midlands derby when Nottingham Forest welcome Derby County to the City Ground on Friday night.

Simon Hooper referee (Burnley v Brighton - 22nd Nov 2015)
On the rise: Hooper officiated his first Premier League game on the opening weekend of the season when Crystal Palace beat Norwich at Carrow Road (Picture from Sky Sports)

SIMON Hooper will take charge of the East Midlands derby between Nottingham Forest and Derby County on Friday night. 

The 32-year-old from Wiltshire will be in the middle when the fierce rivals meet at the City Ground as 19th plays fifth in the SkyBet Championship (KO 7:45pm, live on Sky Sports).

He will be assisted by Timothy Wood and Robert Massey-Ellis, with Geoff Eltringham on fourth official duties.

Hooper’s only other experience of this particular fixture came in Forest’s 1-0 home win in September 2013 when he issued seven yellow cards and sent off Rams defender Richard Keogh for conceding a penalty.

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