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Doncaster referee Darren England will be in charge of our Premier League game at West Ham tomorrow and we can only hope he has a better game than when he last refereed us in this season’s home defeat against Spurs when he had an absolute shocker.

Tomorrow will be his sixth Burnley game and his third with us in the Premier League, the other coming at Wolves when a Chris Wood hat trick saw us through to a 4-0 win. He had a shocker last season on the Turf in our 3-0 win against Birmingham and his overall performances currently seem him next to bottom of RATE THE REF with a rating of just 45.97 out of 100.

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England was also the VAR official who somehow managed to conjure up a deliberate handball by Sander Berge in the lead up to what should have been Lyle Foster’s winning goal at Nottingham Forest and then persuaded the inept Rob Jones, who had actually got the decision correct, to change his mind. It is not the first occasion that PGMOL has had to apologise for a significant error made by him when on VAR duty.

Despite refereeing his first Premier League game over four years ago, and predominantly refereeing at the top level last season, he’s found Premier League games more difficult to come by this season with just six of his nineteen domestic games in the top league alongside ten Championship games and four games in the two domestic cup competitions.

In those 19 games he’s shown 108 yellow and three red cards. Fifty of those yellows have gone to home team players with 54 to away team players. He’s shown six or more yellow cards in no fewer than ten of his games.

None of his red cards have come in Premier League games although he has sent off a West Ham player this season. The first two to see his red card were Anfernee Dijksteel in Middlesbrough’s 3-2 defeat at Leeds and Fatawu Issahaku in Leicester’s 3-1 loss at Coventry. Three days after that second red, he dismissed West Ham’s Said Benrahma as they crashed out of the FA Cup at Bristol City.

England’s most recent game was Manchester City’s 1-0 win against Brentford two and a half weeks ago. Six players were carded in that game. City had both Kyle Walker and John Stones carded alongside Brentford’s Mark Flekken, Ben Mee, Yoane Wissa, and Ivan Toney.

Fourth official tomorrow is Graham Scott whose last Burnley game was the League Cup defeat at Manchester United last season. Andy Madley is on VAR duty and it’s now over three years since he last took charge of a Burnley game, the 1-1 behind closed doors home draw against Leicester.

Match Officials

Referee: Darren England
Assistant Referees: Steve Meredith & Shaun Hudson
Fourth Official: Graham Scott
VAR: Andy Madley
Assistant VAR: Neil Davies

Previous Burnley Games – Darren England

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2019/20Sunderlandh1-300
2020/21Bournemouthh0-230Y: McNeil, Bardsley
2020/21Wolvesa4-030Y: Tarkowski, Lowton
2022/23Birminghamh3-040Y: Cullen
2023/24Tottenhamh2-570Y: Guðmundsson, Brownhill, Beyer, Delcroix
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