REFEREE Kevin Friend got a cheer out of Aston Villa fans yesterday… by BOOKING them.
The whistler was taking charge of Villa’s pre-season friendly trip to Bristol City.
Kevin Friend brandished his yellow card towards the crowd
Friend mockingly pointed to the crowdCredit: Rex
And with the Premier League side’s travelling fans in playful mood, they started giving Friend some lighthearted stick.
With Villa set to take a free-kick, the fans started singing ‘You’re just a s*** Mike Dean’ at Friend.
They then followed up this chant by singing ‘Kevin, give us a wave’ at the experienced official.
And much to their amusement, instead of a wave, they got a yellow card.
With a smirk on his face, Friend theatrically brandished his card in the direction of the crowd, before pointing at them in mock warning.
The Villa fans gave Friend a big cheer at this, something not many refs can be used to.
And social media users also appeared to enjoy the pre-season shenanigans.
One wrote: “This is brilliant.”
While a second commented: “Love to see it.”
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A third added: “Well that’s genius.”
And a fourth saw some irony: “Thats such a Mike Dean thing to do.”
Villa went on to win the match 3-0, courtesy of goals by Ollie Watkins, Jaden Bidace and Ezri Konsa.
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Kevin Friend was compared to colleague Mike DeanCredit: Guardian News & Media / Free to use by all titles in perpetuity under NMC agreement