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Having not refereed a game in over a year at Turf Moor until November’s game against Crystal Palace, Kevin Friend is back within two months tonight for our home game against Manchester United.

It’s not the first time he’s refereed a game between us but the previous occasion, almost six years ago, was at Old Trafford when we turned in an excellent performance only to come out on the wrong side of a 3-1 scoreline.

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Friend and Burnley go back a long way. It was 2005 when he first refereed a Burnley game and our first win with him charge came in the 2007/08 with a 2-1 victory at Watford in Owen Coyle’s first away game in charge of the Clarets.

Earlier this season he yellow carded Jay Rodriguez and Matt Lowton in that Crystal Palace win and they are two of 28 yellow cards in his thirteen games this season of which nine have been in the Premier League. Of those yellows, fifteen have gone to home team players and thirteen to away team players.

He’s also sent of two players earlier in the season. He dismissed Brighton’s Yves Bissouma at the end of their 3-0 win at Newcastle back in September and in October sent off Lucas Digne of Everton in their 2-0 defeat at Southampton.

Peter Bankes will be on fourth official duties tonight. Although he’s been on VAR duties at Burnley games this season he hasn’t refereed us since the home draw against Sheffield United last season. Stuart Attwell is on VAR and he hasn’t refereed us in almost two years, since we won 3-1 at Brighton in early February 2019.

Match Officials

Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck & Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official: Peter Bankes
VAR: Stuart Attwell
Assistant VAR: Stephen Child

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
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