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Anthony Taylor was one of the Premier League referees who didn’t referee one single Burnley game last season; the last time he did take charge of us was in the home game against Manchester United in the 2016/17 season.

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I must confess I was surprised when I checked back to see he hadn’t taken charge of any of our games last season and that home game against United has been his only game since that awful performance at Swansea a few weeks earlier just after he’d returned from his stag do.

He’s a referee who got himself a lot of bad press early in his career but he’s certainly stepped up since and is now considered one of our best referees.

Tomorrow will be his sixth game of the season and all the previous five have been in the Premier League. There were no yellow cards at all in the Spurs v Fulham game but in the other four he’s reached for that card on 21 occasions, ten times for home team players and eleven times for away team players. The last player he sent off in a Premier League game was Brighton’s Davy Propper in their 1-1 home draw against Huddersfield last April.

Mark Hughes wasn’t happy with him in his last game which was Southampton’s 2-2 home draw against Brighton last Monday. He awarded both teams a penalty but Hughes believed the one Brighton got to level things was soft. “We’re disappointed with the award of the penalty. I don’t think there was too much contact and I think the guy has thrown himself to the floor,” Hughes said.

He also saw his goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and full back Cédric Soares yellow carded along with Brighton trio Dale Stephens, Anthony Knockaert and Jürgen Locadia.

The assistant referees are Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn. The fourth official is Oliver Langford (West Midlands) whose last Burnley game was our 2-1 home win against Huddersfield in October 2015.

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
2016/17Leicestera0-310Y: Lowton
2016/17Crystal Palaceh3-230Y: Marney
2016/17Swanseaa2-340Y: Ward, Mee
2016/17Manchester Unitedh0-230Y: Lowton, Hendrick
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