Five for Oliver
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.
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.
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
|Season||Opponents||V||Res||Y||R||Burnley Players Carded|
|2008/09||Plymouth||h||0-0||2||1||Y: Eagles R: Eagles|
|2008/09||Swansea||h||0-2||2||1||Y: Elliott R: Duff|
|2012/13||Blackpool||h||1-0||4||0||Y: Mee, Paterson|
|2013/14||Blackpool||a||1-0||5||0||Y: Marney, Jones, Duff|
|2017/18||Crystal Palace||h||1-0||2||0||Y: Brady|
|2017/18||Crystal Palace||a||0-1||3||0||Y: Defour, Bardsley, Taylor|
|2018/19||Everton||h||1-5||6||0||Y: Lowton, Gibson|
|2018/19||Watford||a||0-0||3||0||Y: Mee, Bardsley|
|2019/20||Brighton||a||1-1||2||0||Y: Lennon, Westwood|
|2019/20||Chelsea||h||2-4||5||0||Y: Hendrick, Pieters, Brady|
|2019/20||Aston Villa||h||1-2||2||0||Y: Tarkowski|