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Tomorrow’s game at Cardiff will be refereed by Martin Atkinson, as good a referee as we have currently in the Premier League.

He’s no stranger to Burnley games and no referee has been in charge of more Burnley games in the Premier League than Atkinson. Tomorrow will be his 16th, and that’s three more than Mike Dean who is second in that list.

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That total moved up to 15 last season when he took charge of five Burnley games. Four of them were at home, of which we won two, drew one and lost one while the fifth was the Boxing Day game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Such are his performances that it is no surprise to see him up in 4th place in the current list of Premier League referees in RATE THE REF with a rating of 76.32 out of 100.

Tomorrow sees him referee for the seventh time this season with the other six all having come in the Premier League; his last Football League game was over a year ago when he refereed a Championship game between Bristol City and Derby.

There haven’t been any red cards in his six games so far but 21 yellow cards with seven of those in one game between Everton and West Ham. Of those cards, eight have gone to home team players and 13 to away team players.

Atkinson’s last game was the 1-1 draw between Fulham and Watford last Saturday. Fulham had both Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Alfie Mawson yellow carded alongside Watford’s Jose Holebas.

He’s had his moments refereeing Burnley games, none more so than when seven Burnley players were included in his ten yellow cards at Old Trafford last season, but generally he’s been absolutely fine although I’m sure Ashley Barnes might not agree. In his last seven Burnley games, Atkinson has yellow carded him six times with a second yellow to add to that at Hull two seasons ago.

The assistant referees are Stephen Child and Lee Betts. The fourth official is David Coote who refereed our game at Fulham five weeks ago.

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
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