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Burnley’s first game for five seasons at Aston Villa tomorrow will be refereed by Lee Mason and it has been quite some time since he last refereed a Burnley game.

Not once did he referee a Burnley game last season and his most recent Burnley game also saw us playing away against a team that plays in claret and blue. That was the game at West Ham when we won 3-0 and Mason’s biggest problem was trying to keep the game going with pitch invasions and allsorts going on off the pitch.

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He can take a lot of credit for his performance that day. It was his 15th Burnley game but there was no credit going his way after his only other Burnley game in that season. It was Mason who awarded Arsenal the softest of penalties in stoppage time that cost us against Arsenal on the Turf and ahead of that Arsenal game I wrote: “Hopefully it will be a Mason without controversy and that we’ll be talking about the game and not his decisions.”

There is no doubt that Mason has good games when he referees us and that’s reflected in his RATE THE REF score of 64.39 out of 100 and a 10th place in the table of Premier League referees. Unfortunately there have been some horrible performances from him with the Preston game at home in 2007 as bad as anything.

His 2019/20 season has kicked off with little controversy. He’s refereed four games to date, two of which have been in the Premier League and it was his failure to award Sheffield United a penalty in the second of those games against Southampton which upset home manager Chris Wilder although the Blades’ boss was probably more upset that VAR referee John Brooks didn’t overturn it.

Mason’s one red card of the season came in that game. He sent off Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp five minutes from the end of a 1-0 defeat. In his four games he’s shown a total of ten yellow cards, five to both home and away team players. His last game saw him yellow card Preston’s Josh Harrop in their 3-0 League Cup defeat against Manchester City.

Let’s just hope for one of his non-controversial games.

Match Officials

Referee: Lee Mason
Assistant Referees: Matthew Wilkes and Mark Scholes
Fourth Official: John Busby
VAR: Martin Atkinson
AVAR: Lee Betts

Previous Burnley Games – Lee Mason

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2007/08Prestonh2-322Y: Elliott R: McCann, Gudjonsson
2008/09Prestonh3-141
2008/09Blackpoola1-050Y: Kalvenes, McDonald
2009/10Liverpoola0-420Y: Jordan, Eagles
2009/10Wiganh1-320Y: Carlisle, Alexander
2011/12Barnsleya0-210
2012/13Blackburnh1-120Y: Duff
2014/15Sunderlanda0-240Y: Marney
2014/15Liverpoola0-210Y: Mee
2015/16Leedsh1-020Y: Barton
2016/17Liverpoolh2-010
2016/17Manchester Citya1-271Y: Hendrick, Keane, Gray
2017/18Tottenhama1-100
2017/18Arsenalh0-120Y: Defour, Brady
2018/19West Hama3-040Y: Westwood, Lennon
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