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Rob Jones, from the Wirral, is the man in charge tonight at the Pirelli Stadium when we play Burton Albion in the League Cup, and it will be his first ever competitive game in charge of the Clarets.

He’s only just into his third season as a Football League referee but he’s already a member of Select Group 2 officiating in the Championship and he’s a referee often named as one likely to be fast tracked into the Premier League. He has refereed Burnley previously but only in a pre-season friendly at Preston in 2016.

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In his first two seasons in the Football League, he refereed a total of 86 games in which he handed out a total of 254 yellow and twelve red cards and the last of those red cards came at Loftus Road in March when he dismissed Sunderland goalkeeper Jason Steele early in the second half.

There have been no red cards this season but 25 yellows in eight games, six in the Championship and two in the League Cup, with 11 of those going to home team players and 14 to away team players.

His last game was three days ago, the Championship fixture between Nottingham Forest and Rotherham which Forest won 1-0 with a penalty in the 86th minute and that was a decision Rotherham boss Paul Warne had no complaints about, a decision given against Ryan Williams, brother of former Clarets Rhys and Aryn.

There were four yellow cards in the game. They went to Forest’s Adlene Guedioura and Rotherham trio Billy Jones, Will Vaulks and Richard Towell.

The assistant referees tonight are Sean Hudson and Adam Matthews. The fourth official is Tony Harrington (Sunderland) whose last Burnley game was our League Cup defeat at Accrington two seasons ago.

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