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Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) have confirmed today that their two retiring referees, Mike Jones and Neil Swarbrick, are to be replaced in the Select Group by Simon Hooper and David Coote.

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Hooper has previously refereed two games in the Premier League. He took charge of the game between Norwich and Crystal Palace at Carrow Road on the opening day of the 2015/16 season. It proved to be a disaster for him; Cameron Jerome scored a spectacular goal only to see Hooper controversially disallow it for a high foot.

He paid the price and had to wait until the end of January this year to get another Premier League opportunity when he refereed our game at Newcastle. He wasn’t given another game after that and refereed exclusively in the Championship for the remainder of the season, and followed that by taking charge of the first leg of the League One play-off between Charlton and Shrewsbury at the Valley.

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Coote had a difficult start to last season. Right on the eve of the season came news that he and Darren Deadman had both been suspended by PGMOL. Deadman has not refereed since but Coote was back by the end of September but wasn’t given his first Championship game of the season until October.

However, he seemed to be very much back in favour and got his first ever Premier League game on 28th April. Like Hooper’s appearance this season, his was also at Newcastle in their 1-0 defeat against West Brom.

Coote’s last Burnley game was our first home game of the 2015/16 season against Birmingham when he had something of a nightmare, none more so than with a shocker of a penalty he gave Birmingham midway through the second half.

Hooper and Coote take the numbers back up to 18 in the Select Group where they join Martin Atkinson, Stuart Attwell, Mike Dean, Roger East, Kevin Friend, Chris Kavanagh, Bobby Madley, Andre Marriner, Lee Mason, Jon Moss, Michael Oliver, Craig Pawson, Lee Probert, Graham Scott, Anthony Taylor and Paul Tierney.

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