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Towards the end of their friendly at Ashton Gate on Saturday afternoon, Premier League official Kevin Friend gave the away side a free-kick - a decision that (for some reason) didn't go down too well with some.
The 50-year-old official, who was born in Bristol, then shrugged his shoulders but, as he produced the vanishing spray to indicate where the wall should stand, another (more friendly) chant of 'Kevin, give us a wave' began.
Moments later, Friend was given an even friendlier 'Wahey!' when he produced a yellow card to the away support.
It's great to see a referee with a sense of humour, to be honest. This is great.
In terms of the final result, Dean Smith's side recorded a dominant 3-0 win against the Championship outfit after goals from Jaden Philogene-Bidace, Ezri Konsa and Ollie Watkins sealed a deserved victory.
That being said, it was the antics of Kevin Friend that grabbed the headlines.
Here's just some of the reaction from social media.
Kevin Friend has just given the Villa fans a yellow card. Howling! #avfc
- Ashley Preece (@PreeceObserver) July 31, 2021
I've just been told Kevin Friend is a Bristol City fan as well :sob: What a bloke pic.twitter.com/bY46yArkWH
- Max Stokes (@villaontour_) August 1, 2021
Kevin Friend waving and clapping at the Villa fans and showing a yellow card to the away end defo wasn't what I was expecting before the game today. :joy:
- Simon Lines (@simonlines) July 31, 2021
A referee actually showing a sense of humour? His bosses will probably give him a formal warning for having a personality. https://t.co/y4t78VG8lq
- HLTCO (@HLTCO) August 1, 2021
Kevin Friend was class today. Love the banter :clap::clap::joy::joy: #avfc
- Gary Swain (@gazswain) July 31, 2021
Refs are all robotic and no personalities. :joy: Well done Kevin Friend. :clap: https://t.co/AByTJxc063
- MaidstoneRefs (@MaidstoneRefs) August 1, 2021
Thoughts on Kevin Friend's antics this weekend?
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