Arsenal's Emirates Stadium Date: 27th October 2023 at 10:20am
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The match officials have now been confirmed for the League Cup Fourth Round tie between West Ham United and Arsenal at the London Stadium, which will kick-off at 19:30, live on Sky Sports (Main Event).

Referee: Simon Hooper.
Assistant Referee: Darren Cann.
Assistant Referee: Sam Lewis.
Fourth Official: Sam Barrott.

The last time he oversaw a match involving West Ham, they were defeated 2-1 at the King Power Stadium versus Leicester City in the Premier League, in a match which saw him only brandish 2 yellow cards (Danny Ings for West Ham).

His other recent matches involving West Ham:

14/01/23: Wolverhampton Wanderers (a – PL): (Y: 2, R: 0)
13/01/22: Norwich City (h – PL): 2-0 (Y: 0, R: 0)
15/02/21: Sheffield United (h – PL): 3-0 (Y: 2, R: 0)

His last match involving Arsenal was earlier this season at Goodison Park versus Everton, which The Gunners won 1-0. He showed just 2 yellow cards in this match, including a booking for Gabriel.

His other recent matches involving Arsenal:

21/04/23: Southampton (h – PL): 3-3 (Y: 6, R: 0)
18/02/23: Aston Villa (a – PL): (Y: 4, R: 0)
30/10/22: Nottingham Forest (h – PL): (Y: 1, R: 0)

His record last season:

Matches: 32
Yellow Cards: 111 (3.47)
Red Cards: 1

During the 2021/22 season, he was most card-happy in the Premier League encounter between Newcastle United and Leeds United at St. James’ Park (0-0) when he showed 8 yellow cards, including a booking for former Arsenal youth Luke Ayling.

So far this season:

Matches: 6
Yellow Cards: 26 (4.33)
Red Cards: 2

Hooper has been the man with the whistle on six occasions so far this season, showing 26 yellow cards and 2 red cards, of which 14 yellow cards and 2 red cards have come since he last refereed The Gunners versus Everton in September. His two red cards came in the Premier League encounter between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool (2-1) when he sent off Curtis Jones (straight red) and Diogo Jota (two bookable offences).

He has a busy weekend ahead, as he is refereeing at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea’s match versus Brentford tomorrow and Video Assistant Referee for West Ham United’s match at home versus Everton on Sunday.


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