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Burnley’s home game against Chelsea tomorrow will be refereed by Kevin Friend who will be in charge at Turf Moor for the first time since the Preston game in December 2015.

He’s since refereed two of our away games. As we were closing in on promotion, he refereed the return game at Preston and this season, just before Christmas, was in charge of the 2-1 defeat at Tottenham.

The assistant referees are Darren Cann (Norfolk) and Mark Scholes (Buckinghamshire). The fourth official is Bobby Madley (Ossett) who refereed our 1-0 defeat at West Ham in December.

Generally, he had a decent enough game at White Hart Lane but his failure to send off Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko, opting only to show a yellow for a high tackle on Stephen Ward, ultimately cost Burnley when Sissoko set up the home side’s winner just seconds later.

It probably shouldn’t have been a surprise; Friend has only sent off one player this season and that is Chelsea’s John Terry in their FA Cup win against Peterborough. Incredibly Chelsea appealed the card, correctly the appeal was thrown out.

Chelsea claimed his foot slipped but the three man commission, led by former Burnley loan player Gareth Farrelly, unanimously disagreed with Chelsea and fully supported the referee.

To add to that, he’s handed out a total of 83 yellow cards in 23 games with 39 of them going to home team players and 44 to away team players.

Over the years we haven’t had too many problems although he did miss those two clear penalties at Leeds at the start of last season to add to his clear misreading of the Sissoko challenge.

His last game came a week ago today when he was in charge of the West Brom v Stoke game in the Premier League. There were two yellow cards per side. They were West Brom’s Ben Foster and Matt Phillips with Bruno Martin Indi and Marko Arnautovic from Stoke.

Kevin Friend is currently 12th in RATE THE REF with a rating of 62.67 out of 100.

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
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