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We are getting the experienced Premier League referees just now; last week Martin Atkinson was in charge of our 3-1 win at Bournemouth and tomorrow’s home game against Cardiff will be refereed by Mike Dean.

It’s only a few weeks since Dean was at Burnley, just seven weeks to be exact in a game that saw visiting Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino confront him on the pitch at the end although there seemed little to have gone on other than a corner potentially being given incorrectly.

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It was Dean’s fourth Burnley game of the season. He was in charge of our 0-0 draw at Leicester back in November and he refereed our first game of 2019 at Huddersfield. He sent off Huddersfield’s Christopher Schindler along with Robbie Brady that night to take his total of Premier League red cards to 99. Just over a week ago he made that 100 when he dismissed Ashley Young in Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat against Wolves at Molineux.

He’s the first to get there but he’s refereed a lot of Premier League games and doesn’t lead the table when it comes to number of games per red card. I believe that honour falls to Phil Dowd.

Some call him celebrity ref, and he does seem to court publicity, but he’s also a very good referee who leads our RATE THE REF Table with a rating of 79.68 out of 100, although his Burnley games have not always been good ones for him.

He’s not shy when it comes to dishing out the cards and he’s totalled 133 yellow and eleven red cards in 32 games this season. Sixty of those yellows have gone to home team players with 73 to away team players. Just three of the three players sent off have been home team players.

His last game was saw him make a rare visit to the Football League for Birmingham’s 1-0 win against Leeds last Saturday. Four players received cards in that game; Birmingham’s Harlee Dean saw yellow along with Leeds trio Pontus Jansson, Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez.

The assistant referees are Ian Hussin and Darren Cann. The fourth official is Anthony Taylor whose last Burnley game was the 1-1 home draw against Southampton in February.

A top performance from Dean tomorrow without hogging the limelight and everything will be fine.

Previous Burnley Games – Mike Dean

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
1997/98Bournemouthh2-230
1997/98Lutonh1-130Y: Cooke
1998/99Walsalla1-340Y: Armstrong, Brass, Payton
1999/2000Chesterfieldh2-120Y: Cowan
1999/2000Wiganh0-050Y: Johnrose, Thomas
2000/01Crystal Palaceh2-210
2002/03Bradford Citya2-262Y: Cook, Papadopoulos, Taylor
2003/04Bradford Cityh4-000
2003/04Prestona3-540Y: Blake, Gnohere, West
2003/04Ipswichh4-230Y: Chaplow, McGregor
2004/05Blackburnh0-050Y: Camara, Hyde
2005/06Leedsh1-250Y: Harley, Hyde
2005/06Crystal Palaceh0-040Y: Harley, Branch
2006/07Sunderlandh2-230Y: Hyde
2006/07Leicesterh0-130Y: Caldwell
2007/08Blackpoolh2-220Y: Akinbiyi, Caldwell
2008/09West Broma2-200
2008/09Sheffield UnitedW1-042Y: Carlisle, Kalvenes
2009/10Tottenhama0-520Y: Bikey
2009/10Arsenalh1-120Y: Caldwell, Eagles
2009/10Blackburnh0-150Y: Alexander, Fox, Duff
2009/10Tottenhamh4-200
2010/11Leicestera0-430Y: Marney, Rodriguez, Bikey
2012/13Peterboroughh5-220Y: Mills
2013/14Blackburna2-130Y: Arfield
2014/15Crystal Palacea0-050Y: Ings, Sordell, Boyd
2014/15Newcastlea3-360Y: Ings, Mee, Trippier, Boyd
2014/15West Bromh2-240
2014/15Arsenalh0-120Y: Mee, Duff
2015/16Bristol Citya2-100
2016/17Southamptona1-330Y: Defour, Marney
2016/17Leicesterh1-010Y: Lowton
2017/18Newcastleh1-030Y: Guðmundsson, Cork, Tarkowski
2017/18Manchester Unitedh0-160Y: Mee, Bardsley, Defour
2017/18Stokea1-130Y: Barnes
2018/19Leicestera0-020
2018/19Huddersfielda2-152Y: Mee, Bardsley, Wood, Heaton R: Brady
2018/19Tottenhamh2-140Y: Bardsley
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