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In terms of time elapsed it is a while since Mike Dean refereed a Burnley game but when he steps out to referee tonight’s game against Watford it will be his second Turf Moor game out of three having refereed the 3-0 win against Bournemouth back in February.

That afternoon, it could be said he got a couple of big decisions incorrect, two handball decisions overturned by VAR that he’d not given. The first of them denied Bournemouth the opening goal and the second when we were awarded a penalty while Bournemouth were still celebrating an equaliser.

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I don’t think he’d any chance of seeing the first of the handballs, by Philip Billing, and not sure he could have given the penalty against Adam Smith either, but both were, ultimately, called right after the intervention of VAR.

It was Dean’s third Burnley game of the season; he’d previously taken our away game at Arsenal and the home game against Manchester United, but it is no surprise to see him refereeing so many. He’s the Premier League’s most experienced referee and he’s refereed more Burnley games in this league, tonight will be his 22nd, than any other referee.

He’s at times controversial; he’s accused often of playing to the cameras, but his performances overall when refereeing us are good and that’s why he sits top of the RATE THE REF Table with a rating of 82.08 out of 100.

You will get yellow cards with him, of that there is no doubt. There were seven on his last visit and in total this season he’s handed out 118 yellow and four red cards in 26 games. Of those yellows, 61 have gone to home team players with 57 to away team players.

His final game before the lockdown was the Manchester derby and he restarted four days ago with the Merseyside derby in which there were four yellow cards; Everton’s Michael Keane and Lucas Digne were joined by Liverpool pair James Milner and Divock Origi. I’m told that when Dean booked Keane, it was the first rhyming yellow card since Pawson booked Dawson at Watford.

If Dean is the most senior of our referees, then next in line is Martin Atkinson who tonight will be on VAR duty at Stockley Park. Atkinson’s only Burnley game this season was our 1-0 win at Bournemouth. Peter Bankes will be on the touchline as fourth official. Like Atkinson, he’s refereed us once this season, that being the home game against Crystal Palace.

Match Officials

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant Referees: Darren Cann & Nick Hopton
Fourth Official: Peter Bankes
VAR: Martin Atkinson
Assistant VAR: Daniel Cook
Replacement Official: Graeme Fyvie

Previous Burnley Games – Mike Dean

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
1997/98Bournemouthh2-230
1997/98Lutonh1-130Y: Cooke
1998/99Walsalla1-340Y: Armstrong, Brass, Payton
1999/2000Chesterfieldh2-120Y: Cowan
1999/2000Wiganh0-050Y: Johnrose, Thomas
2000/01Crystal Palaceh2-210
2002/03Bradford Citya2-262Y: Cook, Papadopoulos, Taylor
2003/04Bradford Cityh4-000
2003/04Prestona3-540Y: Blake, Gnohere, West
2003/04Ipswichh4-230Y: Chaplow, McGregor
2004/05Blackburnh0-050Y: Camara, Hyde
2005/06Leedsh1-250Y: Harley, Hyde
2005/06Crystal Palaceh0-040Y: Harley, Branch
2006/07Sunderlandh2-230Y: Hyde
2006/07Leicesterh0-130Y: Caldwell
2007/08Blackpoolh2-220Y: Akinbiyi, Caldwell
2008/09West Broma2-200
2008/09Sheffield UnitedW1-042Y: Carlisle, Kalvenes
2009/10Tottenhama0-520Y: Bikey
2009/10Arsenalh1-120Y: Caldwell, Eagles
2009/10Blackburnh0-150Y: Alexander, Fox, Duff
2009/10Tottenhamh4-200
2010/11Leicestera0-430Y: Marney, Rodriguez, Bikey
2012/13Peterboroughh5-220Y: Mills
2013/14Blackburna2-130Y: Arfield
2014/15Crystal Palacea0-050Y: Ings, Sordell, Boyd
2014/15Newcastlea3-360Y: Ings, Mee, Trippier, Boyd
2014/15West Bromh2-240
2014/15Arsenalh0-120Y: Mee, Duff
2015/16Bristol Citya2-100
2016/17Southamptona1-330Y: Defour, Marney
2016/17Leicesterh1-010Y: Lowton
2017/18Newcastleh1-030Y: Guðmundsson, Cork, Tarkowski
2017/18Manchester Unitedh0-160Y: Mee, Bardsley, Defour
2017/18Stokea1-130Y: Barnes
2018/19Leicestera0-020
2018/19Huddersfielda2-152Y: Mee, Bardsley, Wood, Heaton R: Brady
2018/19Tottenhamh2-140Y: Bardsley
2018/19Cardiffh2-060Y: Tarkowski, Barnes
2018/19Arsenalh1-360Y: Heaton, Barnes, Tarkowski, Lowton, Cork
2019/20Arsenala1-230Y: Barnes
2019/20Manchester Unitedh0-270Y: Bardsley, Mee, Taylor, McNeil
2019/20Bournemouthh3-070Y: Bardsley, Lennon, Hendrick, Mee
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