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Tomorrow will see us play at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the third time and Kevin Friend will referee the game as he has the previous two.

He’d previously refereed our game at White Hart Lane in 2016/17 so this will be his fourth Spurs v Burnley game in the last six seasons, missing only the two we played at Wembley.

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Friend is not a popular referee with Burnley fans and currently sits 15th in RATE THE REF with a rating of just 59.55 out of 100. He was rightly criticised for his handling of our home game against Norwich earlier this season although there have been other poor performances over the years in his thirty Burnley games of which nineteen have come in the Premier League, a figure only beaten by Mike Dean, Martin Atkinson and Jon Moss, the three referees set to bow out in the next week.

This will be his third Burnley game this season. Besides the home draw against Norwich, he also refereed our first away win of the season at Brighton back in February.

He’s refereed 26 games this season, sixteen of them in the Premier League. He’s hit three figures with 102 yellow cards while showing just two red cards. Of those yellows, 53 have gone to home team players with fifty to away team players. He’s sent off Watford’s Juraj Kucka in a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal and, more recently, Raúl Jiménez as Wolves were beaten 3-2 by Leeds.

Friend’s most recent game was Everton’s 1-0 win against Chelsea two weeks ago. He was busy that day with Everton trio Mason Holgate, Séamus Coleman and Fabien Delph all yellow carded alongside Chelsea’s Antonio Rüdiger, Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz.

Fourth official tomorrow is Simon Hooper whose one Burnley game this season was the 3-3 home draw against Crystal Palace. On VAR is Stuart Attwell who refereed the recent 2-0 home win against Southampton.

Match Officials

Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper
VAR: Stuart Attwell
Assistant VAR: Matthew Wilkes

Previous Burnley Games – Kevin Friend

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2004/05West Hamh0-130Y: Camara
2006/07Wolvesa1-220Y: Duff, Gudjonsson
2007/08Watforda2-110Y: Akinbiyi
2007/08QPRa4-210Y: Varga
2007/08Crystal Palacea0-511Y: Alexander R: Carlisle
2008/09Readinga1-341Y: Caldwell, Jordan, Paterson R: Jordan
2008/09Norwicha1-110Y: Duff
2010/11Prestonh4-341Y: Elliott
2014/15West Hamh1-310
2014/15Manchester Citya2-250Y: Mee
2014/15Manchester Uniteda1-370Y: Kightly, Mee, Arfield
2015/16Leedsa1-130Y: Arfield, Kightly
2015/16Prestonh0-250Y: Barton, Lowton
2015/16Prestona1-080Y: Marney, Lowton, Gray, Barton, Mee
2016/17Tottenhama1-230Y: Barnes, Lowton
2016/17Chelseah1-150Y: Westwood, Lowton, Barton
2016/17Stokeh1-050Y: Ward, Barton, Boyd
2018/19Arsenala1-370Y: Barnes, Wood, Mee, Cork, Westwood
2018/19Chelseaa2-230Y: Heaton
2019/20West Hamh3-030Y: Mee, Westwood
2019/20Tottenhama0-510Y: Lowton
2019/20Chelseaa0-330Y: McNeil, Westwood, Lennon
2020/21Crystal Palaceh1-020Y: Rodriguez, Lowton
2020/21Manchester Unitedh0-130Y: Westwood
2020/21Sheffield Uniteda0-140Y: Dunne
2021/22Norwichh0-070Y: Tarkowski, Wood, Lowton, Brownhill, Rodriguez
2021/22Brightona3-050Y: Cork, Roberts, Lennon, Brownhill
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