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Chris Kavanagh’s first ever Turf Moor game as a referee came last season for our home game against Huddersfield Town, and he’s with us tomorrow, his first Burnley game of the season.

It will be his fifth Burnley game in total. He refereed the 3-1 win at Brentford in the 2015/16 promotion season and last season refereed the Huddersfield and Everton home games either side of the away fixture at Brighton.

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Although he had a disappointing game at Brighton, somehow managing to award the home side a penalty for an alleged foul on Glenn Murray by James Tarkowski and missed the incident between the same two players that eventually led to Tarkowski receiving a respective three match ban.

But he’s been excellent in the other three games which means he currently sits top of RATE THE REF with a rating of 80.21 out of 100, and he has the highest score for three of the four disciplines although he comes behind Mike Dean, Andre Marriner and Martin Atkinson in control and authority.

He’s now in his second season as a Select Group referee and has refereed six games this season, four in the Premier League, one in the Championship and one in the League Cup. There have been a total of 14 yellow cards in those games with nine of those cards going to home team players and five to away team players.

His last game was Tuesday’s League Cup game between Everton and Southampton that Southampton won on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Morgan Schneiderlin, the Everton midfielder, and Southampton’s Jan Bednarek were the two players carded.

The assistant referees are Daniel Cook and Sian Massey-Ellis. The fourth official is Martin Atkinson who refereed our game at Cardiff last Friday.

Previous Burnley Games – Chris Kavanagh

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2015/16Brentforda3-100
2017/18Huddersfieldh0-050Y: Cork, Arfield, Tarkowski
2017/18Brightona0-060Y: Taylor, Barnes
2017/18Evertonh2-121Y: Westwood
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