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Burnley’s game at Everton tomorrow will be refereed by Mark Clattenburg. It will be his fourth Burnley game of the season having previously refereed our away fixtures at Chelsea, Manchester United and Stoke.

It won’t be his last game prior to taking up his new role as head of referees in Saudi Arabia but it has been more or less confirmed that it will come later this month. He is currently serving a three month notice period after he called time on English football for perceived lack of support from his bosses. He’s already refereed his first game in Saudi Arabia and tomorrow will be his first Premier League game since the last Saturday in February.

He’s considered to be one of the best officials in the world and his end to the 2015/16 season certainly reflected that when he took charge of the FA Cup Final, the Champions League Final and then the European Championships Final.

Like most referees he’s had plenty of bad publicity over the years but there is absolutely no doubt that when Mark Clattenburg has a good game, you can see exactly why he’s so highly rated.

He’s had his bad days with Burnley. Tomorrow will be his 20th Burnley game and it started off with a disappointing game when we beat Crystal Palace at home in 2001. More recently, he had something of a nightmare two seasons ago in what was our first win of the season against Hull. He went card crazy towards the end of the game and by the final whistle no fewer than ten players had gone into his book.

In five games since there have been few problems, although there was the incident in his last Burnley game at Stoke when he should have sent off Stoke’s Marc Muniesa for a pull back on Andre Gray but allowed him to remain on the pitch with a yellow card.

Mark Clattenburg is up in 3rd place in RATE THE REF with a rating of 77.53 out of 100. Given that we’ve won just three of thirteen games since the feature was introduced, it shows the level at which he’s refereed most of those games.

He’s refereed 21 domestic games this season of which all but one, an FA Cup tie, have been in the Premier League. In those games there have been 70 yellow and just three red cards. Of the yellows, 39 have gone to home team players and 31 to away team players.

The first of the reds was Manchester United’s Ander Herrera in the 0-0 draw against us and he’s since sent off Everton’s Phil Jagielka in  their 2-1 home win against Arsenal and Sam Clucas for Hull in a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.

His last domestic game was the Premier League clash between West Brom and Bournemouth at the Hawthorns. The two players yellow carded in that game were West Brom’s Allan-Romeo Nyom and James McClean.

I read somewhere this week that English refereeing would be in a poorer place with the loss of Clattenburg. He might, at times, have been too keen on self publicity and he might, at times, have rushed off when he shouldn’t to see Ed Sheeran, but I have to agree with the sentiment, particularly given the quality, or lack of quality, shown by some of the referees who have moved up to the Premier League in recent years.

The assistant referees are Darren Cann (Norfolk) and Derek Eaton (Gloucestershire). The fourth official is Roger East (Wiltshire) whose last Burnley game was at Charlton on the last day of last season.

Previous Burnley Games – Mark Clattenburg

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2001/02Crystal Palaceh1-040Y: Grant, Taylor
2002/03Portsmouthh0-350Y: Briscoe
2002/03Shefield Wednesdayh2-761Y: Armstrong, Davis, Gnohere, Taylor R: I Moore
2003/04West Broma1-450Y: Branch, Camara, May
2004/05Liverpoolh1-051Y: Chaplow, Valois
2006/07QPRh2-030Y: Duff, Harley, J O'Connor
2007/08Portsmouthh0-130Y: J O'Connor
2009/10Chelseaa0-310Y: Mears
2009/10Barnsleya2-330Y: Eckersley, Duff
2009/10Portsmouthh1-231Y: Carlisle
2010/11Boltonh1-030Y: Marney
2013/14Boltonh1-110
2013/14Middlesbrougha0-130Y: Jones, Arfield
2014/15Hullh1-0100Y: Shackell, Ward, Duff, Marney, Ings, Jutkiewicz
2014/15Southamptonh1-040Y: Boyd
2015/16Hulla0-300
2016/17Chelseaa0-340Y: Keane, Tarkowski
2016/17Manchester Uniteda0-040Y: Flanagan, Marney, Heaton
2016/17Stokea0-250Y: Hendrick, Barnes
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