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Martin Atkinson hasn’t refereed a Burnley game since we won 1-0 at Bournemouth in the week before Christmas 2019 while it is over two years since he last refereed at Turf Moor but he’s back tonight for our home game against Manchester City.

The last time he was in the middle at the Turf was in January 2019 when we came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 and his only Burnley games since have been the victories at Bournemouth later that season and then the one referred to above in 2019/20. That’s been significantly different to recent seasons. The Fulham and Bournemouth games were two of four in 2018/19 and in the previous season he refereed us on five occasions including the home game against Manchester City, as he does tonight.

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One of our most experienced referees, he first took charge of a Burnley game on the night the floodlights went out at Crewe in 2005, yellow carding Peter Whittingham on his debut, and tonight will be his 27th Burnley game and only Mike Dean has taken charge of more of our Premier League games.

In his 17 games this season he’s stepped outside the Premier League just once and that was the League Cup semi-final between the two Manchester clubs. In those 17 games there have been 43 yellow and two red cards. Of those yellows, 23 have gone to home team players with 20 to away team players. He sent off Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic in a 2-0 defeat at Wolves back in October and Jake Livermore was the other player shown red in West Brom’s 3-0 home defeat against Aston Villa in the week before Christmas.

Atkinson’s most recent game was that between Spurs and Liverpool last Thursday. Spurs had Steven Bergwijn yellow carded alongside Liverpool pair Thiago and Nathaniel Phillips.

Anthony Taylor will be fourth official tonight, he last refereed us in the 1-1 home draw against Everton while Stuart Attwell, who is becoming our VAR regular, is at Stockley Park again. He hasn’t refereed a Burnley game since the 3-1 win at Brighton in February 2019.

Match Officials

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Referees: Constantine Hatzidakis & Eddie Smart
Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor
VAR: Stuart Attwell
Assistant VAR: Marc Perry

Previous Burnley Games – Martin Atkinson

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2004/05Crewea1-110Y: Whittingham
2004/05Sheffield Uniteda1-220Y: Cahill
2006/07Norwichh2-020Y: Caldwell
2008/09Tottenhama1-410Y: Duff
2009/10Wolvesa0-230Y: Gudjonsson
2009/10Boltona0-150Y: Elliott, McDonald
2009/10Hulla4-160Y: Mears
2010/11West Hama1-520Y: Rodriguez, Elliott
2014/15Stokea2-140Y: Ings, Heaton
2014/15Chelseaa1-131Y: Boyd, Kightly
2014/15Tottenhamh0-020Y: Trippier, Mee
2014/15Hulla1-010Y: Ings
2016/17Bournemouthh3-240Y: Arfield, Boyd
2016/17Hulla1-131Y: Westwood, Barnes R: Barnes
2016/17Middlesbrougha0-030Y: Ward, Barnes, Keane
2017/18West Bromh0-111Y: Barnes
2017/18Swanseah2-020Y: Ward
2017/18Manchester Uniteda2-2100Y: Barnes, Taylor, Guðmundsson, Bardsley, Pope, Vokes, Cork
2017/18Manchester Cityh1-150Y: Long, Cork, Mee, Barnes
2017/18Leicesterh2-130Y: Lennon, Barnes
2018/19Cardiffa2-140Y: Westwood, Lowton, Lennon
2018/19Brightonh1-020Y: Tarkowski, Bardsley
2018/19Fulhamh2-130Y: Tarkowski
2018/19Bournemoutha3-150Y: Hendrick, Barnes, Mee
2019/20Bournemoutha1-060Y: Westwood, Barnes, McNeil, Hendrick
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