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Burnley’s home game tonight will be refereed by Bobby Madley who inadvertently got in the way of Ashley Westwood close to the end of our home game against Southampton which led to the visitors scoring an equalising goal.

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That was Madley’s only Burnley game this season and, but for blocking off Westwood, he didn’t have too bad a game although you wouldn’t have thought so just after the final whistle and it has to be said that most of his disappointing performances in Burnley games have been his earlier games with the game at Charlton in 2012/13 and the two home games in 2013/14 standing out.

He’s very much a Premier League referee now and only five of his 27 games this season have been in the three divisions of the Football League.

In those 27 games there have been 96 yellow and five red cards. Four of those yellows came in the Community Shield game at Wembley between Arsenal, of the others, 45 have gone to home team players and 47 to away team players. He hasn’t sent off a player in a Premier League since Kyle Walker and Morgan Schneiderlin were both dismissed in Manchester’s 1-1 home draw against Everton back in August.

Madley’s last game was the League Two game between Grimsby and Chesterfield twelve days ago. There were six yellow cards in that game, four for Grimsby and two for Chesterfield.

If he referees tonight as he did in the Southampton game, we should be OK. That is as long as he doesn’t get in anyone’s way.

The assistant referees are Marc Perry (West Midlands) and Adrian Holmes (West Yorkshire). The fourth official is Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) whose last Burnley game was last season’s home game against Manchester United.

Previous Burnley Games – Bobby Madley

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2011/12Birminghama1-220Y: Easton
2011/12Middlesbrougha2-040Y: Paterson, Marney
2012/13Charltonh0-111R: Trippier
2013/14West Hamh0-211Y: Shackell R: Treacy
2013/14Southamptona3-400
2013/14Derbyh2-041Y: Marney, Mee
2016/17West Hama0-120Y: Mee, Hendrick
2016/17Sunderlanda0-040Y: Barton
2016/17Crystal Palacea2-020
2016/17West Hamh1-240Y: Westwood, Guðmundsson
2017/18Southamptonh1-110Y: Barnes
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