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Anthony Taylor will referee our game against Crystal Palace tomorrow in what will be his first Turf Moor game since the 2014/15 when he took charge of our 1-0 home defeat against Leicester.

He did give us a penalty that day, not as though it helped us in the end, and he’s more recently refereed our game against the same opponents at the King Power when he had a decent enough game.

A lot has happened to him since but that was all down to PGMOL allocating him the game between Liverpool and Manchester United. A number of people had their say on a Wythenshawe referee getting that game, United boss Jose Mourinho had more than a say and it cost him a fine this week.

It’s not as though he hasn’t refereed United before but for some reason, on this occasion, it was deemed inappropriate with Mourinho then claiming it would be difficult for him to referee well.

There was also criticism from former referees’ boss Keith Hackett but he feels it appropriate to stick his nose into most refereeing matters despite it being something he never found himself very good at during his career.

Referees have to declare any association with other clubs and that means he couldn’t referee Altrincham, the club he’s always supported.

In terms of refereeing our games, he’s had his good days and he’s had his not so good days with, I’d suggest, his performance at Bramall Lane in our 2008 3-2 win against Sheffield United the worst of them.

But he’s certainly a much improved referee and his more recent performances in Burnley games have been far better.

Tomorrow is his tenth domestic game this season with all of the previous nine having come in the Premier League. There have been 32 yellow cards in those games with 13 having gone to home team players and 19 to away team players. His last game was Everton’s 2-0 home win against West Ham last Saturday. Everton’s Idrissa Gueye and Bryan Oviedo were both yellow carded along with three West Ham players, Winston Reid, Pedro Obiang and Michail Antonio.

The assistant referees tomorrow are Gary Beswick (County Durham) and Eddie Smart (West Midlands). The fourth official is Jon Moss (Horsforth) who refereed our opening day game this season against Swansea.

Previous Burnley Games – Anthony Taylor

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2007/08Plymouthh1-020Y: Varga
2008/09Sheffield Uniteda3-240Y: Elliott, Jordan
2011/12Southamptonh1-100
2011/12Hulla3-230Y: Wallace
2014/15Sunderlandh0-030Y: Marney
2014/15Liverpoolh0-110
2014/15Leicesterh0-130Y: Mee, Ings, Wallace
2016/17Leicestera'0-310Y: Lowton
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