Referee Kevin Friend gets Aston Villa fans cheering as he dishes out a yellow card to them

Come on ref! Aston Villa fans get more than they bargained for as Kevin Friend responds to their chants in friendly victory against Bristol City

  • Aston Villa fans asked Premier League referee Kevin Friend to give them a wave
  • He responded by giving them a yellow card, which got the Villa fans cheering 
  • A Villa fan took to Twitter to share the incident, claiming that he got the card 
  • Dean Smith’s side beat Bristol City 3-0 in their pre-season friendly on Saturday 

Premier League referee Kevin Friend got the Aston Villa fans cheering after he jokingly gave them a yellow card in response to their request to give them a wave.

The incident happened towards the end of Aston Villa’s pre-season friendly against Bristol City, which the Villains won 3-0.

At first the fans chanted ‘you’re just a sh*t Mike Dean’ as Ashley Young prepared to take a free-kick in Bristol City’s half, but that chanting became a bit friendlier, with the fans chanting ‘Kevin, give us a wave’.

Premier League referee Kevin Friend saw the funny side of the Aston Villa chants

While they might’ve been expecting a wave, they got cautioned instead! Friend jokingly dished out a yellow card, to the delight of the fans.

And the fans can be thankful that he went to the book – of all the Premier League referees to have officiated last season, Friend handed out the least amount of yellow cards out of those to have featured in 25 or more games. 

Ironically, Mike Dean handed out the most. They both officiated in 25 games, with Dean handing out 93 cautions as opposed to Friend’s 59. 

Aston Villa fan Sebastian Bacon shared the incident on Twitter, saying ‘I got a yellow card from Kevin Friend today’. Watch the video below:   

Aston Villa fans watch on at Ashton Gate Stadium on Saturday as Villa thrash Bristol City 3-0

Aston Villa fans watch on at Ashton Gate Stadium on Saturday as Villa thrash Bristol City 3-0


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