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Mr Jeremy Simpson set to take charge of our home head-to-head with Hull

21 September 2018

The man in the middle on Saturday afternoon will be Mr Jeremy Simpson - as we prepare to take on Nigel Adkins' Hull City.

The Lancashire official has been a Football League referee since 2012 and arrives in RG2 with his assistants Adam Matthews, Nigel Lugg and Brett Huxtable.

Simpson has already taken charge of a Hull City fixture this season, watching Nigel Adkins' side win 3-2 at Rotherham in August thanks to a Jackson Irvine brace.

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Last season he officiated over Royals games twice, both on the road. In October he witnessed our 1-0 win at Elland Road before sending off Tyler Blackett for an off the ball incident with Atdhe Nuhiu late on in a 3-0 defeat at Hillsborough in April.

He has not been at Madejski Stadium since September 2016, Simpson the man with the whistle in a 2-1 Friday night victory for the Royals at home to Ipswich Town. That evening he awarded three penalties, all of which were converted; the winning spotkick was put away by Danny Williams after Jonas Knudsen had hauled Joey van den Berg to the ground inside the area in injury time.

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32 yellow cards and one red have emerged from Mr Simpson's pocket so far this season, sending off Ipswich Town's Aristote Nsiala in a 2-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday last month.

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