Bramall with the whistle at Newcastle
Thomas Bramall, in his second season as a Select Group referee, will take charge of a Burnley game in the Premier League for the first time tomorrow at St. James’ Park although he did referee us twice last season, at Watford and Blackpool.
He’s had a rapid rise up the refereeing ladder. It was as recent as August 2018 that he refereed his first Football League game between Cheltenham and Crawley in League Two.
A year later he joined the Select Group with him getting his first Premier League game at Fulham at the end of August last year. By then he’d already refereed us at Watford and has one more Burnley game to his appointments, our 0-0 draw at Blackpool.
His next two games were in the Japanese J League before he returned to England to complete last season with two more Championship games and three in the Premier League.
This season, he’s refereed five games to date with just one in the Premier League and will be remembered for him showing Liverpool’s Alex Mac Allister a red card in their 3-1 home win against Bournemouth. That red was rightly overturned on appeal.
There have been three Championship games and this week’s League Cup tie between Chelsea and Brighton to add to that and alongside that one red there have been eighteen yellow cards, six of them going the way of home team players and twelve to away team players.
The League Cup game at Chelsea was his most recent game. Chelsea’s Lesley Ugopchukwu was carded alongside Brighton pair Pervis Estupiñán and Carlos Baleba.
For the second time this week, Matt Donohue will be the fourth official, his last Burnley game in the middle coming in the final game of last season against Cardiff. Without VAR in that last game at Salford, it returns tomorrow with Jarred Gillett on duty. His last Burnley game was the 0-0 home draw against Sunderland in March.
Referee: Thomas Bramall
Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett & Dan Robathan
Fourth Official: Matt Donohue
VAR: Jarred Gillett
Assistant VAR: Scott Ledger
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