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Martin Atkinson will referee today’s home game against Brighton. It is his second Burnley game of the season, having taken charge of our 2-1 win at Cardiff, and no one has refereed more Burnley games in the Premier League.

Today will see him referee Burnley for a 23rd time with 17 of those games in the Premier League. He’s one of only three referees to reach double figures in terms of Burnley Premier League games with Mike Dean on 14 and the now retired Mike Jones having reached 11.

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He is considered to be right up there among the best of English referees now, if not THE best, and his performances in Burnley games have often shown that with him now sitting in third place in RATE THE REF with a rating of 77.12 out of 100, a score bettered only by Dean and Andre Marriner.

He does have his moments with cards; almost a year ago there were ten in our Boxing Day game against Manchester United at Old Trafford with us bagging seven of them, but if you look back at his previous Burnley games there are not many where you would be pointing fingers at him.

He dealt with the floodlights going out in his first Burnley game at Crewe, dealt with Andre Bikey when he lost it playing for Reading in the play-off semi-final in 2009 and became Mr Atkinson when Jose Mourinho went into his pathetic rant after we’d drawn at Chelsea in 2015.

Moving on to this season, he’s refereed a total of 13 games, 12 of them in the Premier League with the other game in the League Cup between two Premier League teams. In those games he’s handed out a total of 42 yellow cards and one red card. Of those yellows, 17 have gone to home team players and 25 to away team players. The one red card was shown to Brighton’s Dale Stephens in their 2-1 defeat at Cardiff with Stephens set to return from that suspension today.

His last game was Tottenham’s 3-1 win against Chelsea two weeks ago. There were three yellow cards in that game, shown to Chelsea trio Antonio Rüdiger, Jorginho and Eden Hazard.

We’ll hopefully see Atkinson at his best today although Ashley Barnes might have to be aware. In previous games he’s shown him six yellow cards and one red card at Hull two seasons ago, the last Burnley player to be sent off.

The assistant referees are Constantine Hatzidakis and Daniel Cook. The fourth official is Football League referee Rob Jones who refereed our League Cup tie at Burton.

Previous Burnley Games – Martin Atkinson

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2004/05Crewea1-110Y: Whittingham
2004/05Sheffield Uniteda1-220Y: Cahill
2006/07Norwichh2-020Y: Caldwell
2008/09Tottenhama1-410Y: Duff
2008/09Readingh1-011
2009/10Wolvesa0-230Y: Gudjonsson
2009/10Boltona0-150Y: Elliott, McDonald
2009/10Hulla4-160Y: Mears
2010/11West Hama1-520Y: Rodriguez, Elliott
2014/15Stokea2-140Y: Ings, Heaton
2014/15Chelseaa1-131Y: Boyd, Kightly
2014/15Tottenhamh0-020Y: Trippier, Mee
2014/15Hulla1-010Y: Ings
2016/17Bournemouthh3-240Y: Arfield, Boyd
2016/17Hulla1-131Y: Westwood, Barnes R: Barnes
2016/17Middlesbrougha0-030Y: Ward, Barnes, Keane
2017/18West Bromh0-111Y: Barnes
2017/18Swanseah2-020Y: Ward
2017/18Manchester Uniteda2-2100Y: Barnes, Taylor, Guðmundsson, Bardsley, Pope, Vokes, Cork
2017/18Manchester Cityh1-150Y: Long, Cork, Mee, Barnes
2017/18Leicesterh2-130Y: Lennon, Barnes
2018/19Cardiffa2-140Y: Westwood, Lowton, Lennon
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