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Select Group match official Jon Moss will referee Burnley’s home game tomorrow against QPR, his second Burnley game this season, him having taken charge of our 0-0 draw at Wolves in November.

He had a decent enough game at  Wolves but we’ve certainly had problems with him over the years. Three times he’s sent off Burnley players. The first of them was Richard Eckersley at Hartlepool in 2009 which I thought was very harsh. If that was harsh, then the red cards shown to Marvin Bartley at Nottingham Forest in 2011 and Michael Duff at West Ham a year ago were both just downright wrong. We appealed Duff’s of course, an appeal which was won.

The 45-year-old Moss is listed as being from West Yorkshire and rightly so being based in Horsforth. But he’s a Mackem by birth and actually played for them at youth team level. Given the removal of Kevin Friend from a recent game because of a supposed affiliation with Leicester, I can confirm that Moss has never refereed a Sunderland game, nor a Millwall game where he also played.

This season is his 11th since joining the Football League list, which started with a game between Shrewsbury and Rochdale in August 2005, and he’s been refereeing in the Premier League since January 2011 when he was in charge of Birmingham’s home game against Blackpool.

He’s used almost exclusively at Premier League level now and tomorrow will be only his third Football League game of the season with all of them in the Championship. Our game at Wolves was the first and the only other Football League game he’s refereed this season was Bolton’s 1-0 home win against Blackburn at the end of December.

He’s refereed a total of 30 games in which there have been 91 yellow cards and seven red cards. Of those yellow cards, 43 have gone to home team players with 48 to away team players.

His most recent red card was that of Jamie Vardy in Leicester’s 2-2 home draw against West Ham two weeks ago. That game was, to put it mildly, a controversial one for Moss as I’m sure those who saw it can testify to. Apart from the diving card that saw Vardy sent off, there was a penalty given at one end for pushing at a set piece, with a similar one not given at the other end, and there was the softest of penalties awarded to Leicester in stoppage time.

He’s had only one game since and it was a quieter one in which only West Brom’s Gareth McAuley was yellow carded in their 2-0 defeat at Arsenal ten days ago.

Jon Moss is the lowest placed Premier League referee in RATE THE REF with a rating of 56.27 out of 100.

Hopefully, with that Leicester game behind him, we’ll see a good performance from him with no controversy.

The assistant referees are Andy Halliday (North Yorkshire) and Eddie Smart (West Midlands). The fourth official is Football League referee Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear) whose last Burnley game was our recent home game against Cardiff.

Previous Burnley Games

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2009/10Hartlepoola2-151Y: Rodriguez, Eckersley, Easton R: Eckersley
2010/11Middlesbrougha1-230Y: Bikey, Carlisle, Wallace
2010/11Burtonh3-130Y: Carlisle, Marney
2010/11Nott'm Foresta0-241Y: Bikey, Fox, Duff R: Bartley
2012/13Boltonh2-030Y: Marney
2014/15West Broma0-430Y: Chalobah, Mee
2014/15QPRa0-231Y: Barnes
2014/15West Hama0-151Y: Wallace, Mee R: Duff
2015/16Wolvesa0-040Y: Arfield, Mee
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