The EFL have confirmed that Roger East will referee Stoke City vs Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Stuart Burk and Derek Eaton have been named as assistants while Tony Harrington will be the fourth official.
It’s only the fourth Championship game East will be taking charge of this season but his 19th in all competitions – seven in the Premier League, three in the Championship, one in League One, one in League Two, three in the FA Cup, two in the EFL Cup and one in the EFL Trophy.
The 53-year-old has awarded 70 yellow cards, no red cards and six penalties. The last time he officiated a Championship game this season was Swansea City vs Aston Villa on December 26, 2018. The last time he took charge of a Forest game was April 14, 2017 when the Reds faced Blackburn Rovers.
East has refereed only six Forest games in his career – vs Blackburn (April 14, 2017), vs Middlesbrough (March 11, 2014), vs Oldham Athletic (January 5, 2013), vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (November 24, 2012), vs Birmingham City (February 25, 2012) and vs Bristol City (April 25, 2011).
Forest are currently ninth in the Championship with 50 points from 34 games this season, coming off the back of two wins and two draws from their last four.