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Martin Atkinson has refereed two of our away games this season at Everton and Manchester City, would have refereed the home fixture against Watford on its original date but will be in charge tomorrow for our home game against Liverpool.

Last Tuesday it was Mike Dean, the league’s most experienced referee and now Atkinson who is not far behind him as the second most experienced who first refereed us at Crewe when the lights went out almost seventeen years ago.

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We haven’t seen as much of him in the last couple of years. In both the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons, he refereed just one Burnley game but now, just over half way through the season this is the third game but the first at home.

He’s currently up in third place in RATE THE REF with a rating of 78.32 out of 100, behind just Dean and Andre Marriner. He’s had his moments in Burnley games and has sent off four players. First to go was Andre Bikey playing in his final game for Reading against us in the play-offs in 2009. Nemanja Matic went at Chelsea while Jose Mourinho counted the minutes and he dismissed West Brom’s Hal Robson-Kanu on the Turf. The one Burnley player to see his red card is Ashley Barnes at Hull in February five years ago.

Atkinson has refereed fifteen games this season, one in the League Cup and the rest in the Premier League. He’s shown a total of 38 yellow and three red cards. Of the yellows, 21 have gone to home team players with 17 to away team players. He sent off Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka in a 5-0 defeat against Manchester City and also his teammate Thomas Partey in the League Cup against Arsenal. The other player he sent off was Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse in a 3-1 loss at Chelsea.

Graham Scott is fourth official. His one Burnley game this season was the home 0-0 draw against West Ham. Darren England is on VAR duty; his most recent Burnley game as referee was last season’s 4-0 win at Wolves.

Match Officials

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick & Darren Cann
Fourth Official: Graham Scott
VAR: Darren England
Assistant VAR: Dan Robathan

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
2020/21Manchester Cityh0-230Y: Stephens, Mumbongo
2021/22Evertona1-320Y: Brownhill
2021/22Manchester Citya0-210
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