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Michael Oliver will referee our game tonight against West Ham United and it will be his fifth Burnley game this season following the league games at Brighton & Hove Albion and at home against Chelsea and Aston Villa as well as the more recent FA Cup tie against Norwich City.

In total, tonight will be his 21st Burnley game and we have to go back to the 2007/08 season for the first of them, a 2-0 home win against Scunthorpe. He refereed that game well but had some really poor performances in some of the following games.

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Oliver was one of the young referees fast tracked into the Premier League. He was aged 24 when he was given his first Premier League game but the game was postponed and he had a wait of a few more months before he refereed Birmingham v Blackburn in 2011 some 182 days after his 25th birthday.

Now 35, he’s used exclusively at Premier League level; he hasn’t refereed in the Football League at all since April 2018 when he was in charge of Sheffield United’s 1-1 home draw against Cardiff.

This season he’s refereed a total of 37 games. Seven of those have been internationals or European competitions but in the other thirty he’s shown a total of 94 yellow cards with just one red card. Of those yellows, 45 have gone to home team players with 49 to away team players.

He created history in the Premier League with his red card, something that was repeated by Chris Kavanagh last night at Arsenal. Having initially yellow carded Luka Milivojevic in Crystal Palace’s 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup against Derby, he viewed the VAR monitor and changed the decision to a red.

He’s had a flurry of yellow cards recently with six in two of his last three games. One of those games was Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Wolves last Saturday, his most recent game. Wolves had Conor Coady and Romain Saiss carded while all of Arsenal’s David Luiz, Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Ainsley Maitland-Niles received yellow cards.

Fourth official tonight is Graham Scott who last refereed us when we beat Everton 1-0 at home in October. Kevin Friend is no VAR duty; he refereed the home game against West Ham but his most recent Burnley game was at Chelsea in January.

Match Officials

Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Stuart Bart & Simon Bennett
Fourth Official: Graham Scott
VAR: Kevin Friend
Assistant VAR: Stephen Child
Replacement Official: Matt Foley

Previous Burnley Games – Michael Oliver

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2007/08Scunthorpeh2-020
2008/09Plymouthh0-021Y: Eagles R: Eagles
2008/09Swanseah0-221Y: Elliott R: Duff
2011/12Blackpoolh3-120
2012/13Blackpoolh1-040Y: Mee, Paterson
2013/14Blackpoola1-050Y: Marney, Jones, Duff
2014/15Chelseah1-320Y: Sordell
2014/15Stokeh0-030Y: Boyd
2015/16Derbyh4-120
2016/17Watforda1-251R: Hendrick
2017/18Crystal Palaceh1-020Y: Brady
2017/18Tottenhamh0-330Y: Defour
2017/18Crystal Palacea0-130Y: Defour, Bardsley, Taylor
2018/19Evertonh1-560Y: Lowton, Gibson
2018/19Watforda0-030Y: Mee, Bardsley
2018/19Leicesterh1-221Y: Bardsley
2019/20Brightona1-120Y: Lennon, Westwood
2019/20Chelseah2-450Y: Hendrick, Pieters, Brady
2019/20Aston Villah1-220Y: Tarkowski
2019/20Norwichh1-240Y: Long
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