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The last time we were able to go to Elland Road for a game against Leeds United was on the opening day of the 2015/16 season, a game that ended in a 1-1 draw in our first game following relegation from the Premier League.

Kevin Friend was the referee that day and he will take charge of tomorrow’s game too unless there is a late change with him having acted as an assistant referee for the first half of this afternoon’s game between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

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It will be his second Burnley game this season and I still don’t think anyone can yet believe he didn’t give us a penalty when Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul punched Matěj Vydra, a decision that was incredibly backed up by VAR official Craig Pawson.

He yellow carded seven players in that game but that’s not much higher than his average this season in the Premier League although his average comes down when five non Premier League games are added to the six he’s refereed in the top league.

It leaves him with a total of 47 yellow cards and one red card this season. Of those yellow cards, 26 have gone to home team players and 19 to away team players. The one player he’s sent off is Watford’s Juraj Kucka close to the end of their 1-0 at Arsenal.

His most recent game was Southampton’s 3-2 Boxing Day win at West Ham. The yellow cards matched the score too with Kyle Walker-Peters, Jan Bednarek and Armando Broja of Southampton all being carded along with West Ham pair Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen.

Michael Salisbury is again our fourth official while Mike Dean, who refereed our first away game this season at Liverpool, will be on VAR duty.

Match Officials

Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck & Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official: Michael Salisbury
VAR: Mike Dean
Assistant VAR: Neil Davies

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
2021/22Norwichh0-070Y: Tarkowski, Wood, Lowton, Brownhill, Rodriguez
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