Aston Villa fans booked by referee Kevin Friend during 3-0 win vs Bristol City

  • Rob Swan

Premier League referee Kevin Friend showed Aston Villa fans a yellow card during Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Bristol City.

Villa won the game 3-0 thanks to goals from Jaden Philogene-Bidace, Ezri Konsa and Ollie Watkins.

But the incident going viral on social media was an amusing moment involving the ref.


Kevin Friend shows yellow card to Aston Villa fans

Footage shows the Villa fans chanting ‘You’re just a s**t Mike Dean!’ at the 50-year-old match official.

Friend then put his hands up and shrugged as if to say ‘what’s that for?!’


Following that reaction, Villa fans chanted at the experienced referee: ‘Kevin, give us a wave! Kevin, Kevin, give us a wave!’

Friend responded by showing the Villa fans behind the goal a yellow card for their cheeky chants.

Watch the funny clip here…

Let’s check out some of the best reaction to the video…


Per The Daily Mail, Friend dished out the least amount of yellow cards (59) in the Premier League last season.

Mike Dean handed out a total of 93 – which was more than any other Premier League ref during the 2020-21 campaign.

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