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Michael Oliver will referee our game tomorrow at Brighton and it will be his third Burnley game in 2019 having previously refereed our game at Watford and the home game against Leicester City last season.

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In total, he refereed three Burnley games last season. The first of them was the horrible 5-1 home defeat against Everton. We couldn’t blame him for anything that went wrong that day but there was a wrong decision at Watford although that was down to his assistant Simon Bennett who wrongly flagged Chris Wood offside when he thought he’d scored a winner in stoppage time. Bennett was also on the line for Oliver in the Leicester game and will again be tomorrow at Brighton.

It’s a 17th Burnley game tomorrow for a referee who made it to the Premier League very quickly and he’s still in his mid-30s yet he can look back ten seasons to his first Premier League game.

He’d already refereed us six times, three of those against Blackpool, when he first took charge of a Burnley game in the top flight and that was our season opener against Chelsea in August 2014 when he upset the visiting manager by wrongly showing a yellow card for simulation against Diego Costa when it looked as though Tom Heaton had given away a penalty.

He’s had his moments with us but his concerning performances have come in his earlier games, none more so than the Swansea home game in 2009 and his handling of the Blackpool game in 2011 when Blackpool probably should have ended the game with eight or nine players.

Oliver has refereed three Premier League games this season in which there have been eight yellow cards of which three have gone to home team players and five to away team players. Five of those cards came in the most recent game between Aston Villa and Everton. He carded Villa pair Frederic Guilbert and Trezeguet along with Everton’s Seamus Coleman, Andre Gomes and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Michael Oliver now stands sixth in RATE THE REF with a rating of 71.17 out of 100.

Match Officials

Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt & Simon Bennett
Fourth Official: Tim Robinson
VAR: Paul Tierney
AVAR: Stephen Child

Previous Burnley Games – Michael Oliver

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2007/08Scunthorpeh2-020
2008/09Plymouthh0-021Y: Eagles R: Eagles
2008/09Swanseah0-221Y: Elliott R: Duff
2011/12Blackpoolh3-120
2012/13Blackpoolh1-040Y: Mee, Paterson
2013/14Blackpoola1-050Y: Marney, Jones, Duff
2014/15Chelseah1-320Y: Sordell
2014/15Stokeh0-030Y: Boyd
2015/16Derbyh4-120
2016/17Watforda1-251R: Hendrick
2017/18Crystal Palaceh1-020Y: Brady
2017/18Tottenhamh0-330Y: Defour
2017/18Crystal Palacea0-130Y: Defour, Bardsley, Taylor
2018/19Evertonh1-560Y: Lowton, Gibson
2018/19Watforda0-030Y: Mee, Bardsley
2018/19Leicesterh1-221Y: Bardsley
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