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Paul Tierney from Wigan will be the referee tomorrow when we play Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. It will be his first Burnley game since the 1-0 win against Southampton back in January and his sixth in total.

Things haven’t gone particularly well for him in his Burnley games previously. He had an awful game on the first occasion he refereed us at Barnsley for an FA Cup tie almost five years ago. He was even worse last season in the 1-1 home draw against Hull and not much better in that Southampton game.

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Those performances mean he’s 18th of 18 in RATE THE REF and he has the lowest score for three of the categories, only in Fitness and Positioning is he not the worst, and then with only Jon Moss on a lower score.

He became a select group official in the summer of 2016 although had refereed his first game at that level almost two years earlier when he was in charge of Swansea’s 3-0 home win against West Brom in August 2014.

But he still gets more Football League games than Premier League games and this season to date he’s refereed just four times in the Premier League in his eleven games.

He doesn’t overuse his cards. His last red was shown to Watford’s Miguel Britos in a 2-0 win against West Brom last April and this season, in those eleven games, there have been just 35 yellow cards of which 13 have gone to home team players and 22 to away team players.

His last game was Manchester City’s 2-1 win against Southampton on Wednesday. City’s Vincent Kompany received a yellow card as did Southampton’s Shane Long.

I don’t think he’s ever been as bad as Lee Mason was last week but he surely has to have a better game than he’s had previously when refereeing Burnley.

The assistant referees are Adrian Holmes (West Yorkshire) and Andy Garratt (West Midlands). The fourth official is Lee Probert (Wiltshire) who refereed our recent game at Southampton.

Previous Burnley Games – Paul Tierney

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2012/13Barnsleya0-141Y: Stock, Marney R: Stock
2013/14Prestonh2-030Y: Trippier, Shackell
2015/16Charltonh4-000
2016/17Hullh1-120Y: Mee, Arfield
2016/17Southamptonh1-030Y: Marney
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