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Kevin Friend will referee our game against Norwich City tomorrow. It’s a fixture he’s refereed previously but that was at Carrow Road when he took charge of our final away game of the 2019/20 season.

On that occasion he sent off two Norwich players as we recorded our seventh away win of the season. His next Burnley game was also our next win when he refereed our home game against Crystal Palace last season. He was back for the home game against Manchester United, the game that had an almost seven minute VAR delay, before refereeing two away games, at Spurs and then the final game of last season at Sheffield United.

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Tomorrow will be his 18th Burnley game in the Premier League and he’s had his moments and we can only hope he doesn’t make it three out of three at the end of this season at Spurs. He’s already refereed our 5-0 and 4-0 defeats at their new stadium. He did though persuade upset Preston fans to rip up programmes after we’d beaten them 4-3 in 2010.

The Leeds v West Ham game last Saturday was his first Premier League game this season; he’d previously refereed one game in the Championship and one in the League Cup. In those three games there have been nine yellow cards, six to home team players and three to away team players. Five of those cards were at Leeds last week when home trio Illian Meslier, Raphina and Tyler Roberts were all carded alongside Pablo Fornals and Michail Antonio of West Ham.

Tony Harrington is fourth official tomorrow while Craig Pawson is on VAR duty. Harrington, one of the four new Select Group referees this season, hasn’t refereed a Burnley game since the 2-0 home win against Doncaster in March 2014 while Pawson’s one Burnley game last season was the 0-0 draw at Aston Villa.

Match Officials

Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant Referees: Adrian Holmes & Eddie Smart
Fourth Official: Tony Harrington
VAR: Craig Pawson
Assistant VAR: Simon Beck

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
2009/10Birminghamh2-130
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
2019/20Norwicha2-002
2020/21Crystal Palaceh1-020Y: Rodriguez, Lowton
2020/21Manchester Unitedh0-130Y: Westwood
2020/21Tottenhama0-400
2020/21Sheffield Uniteda0-140Y: Dunne
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