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Tomorrow will see us make our seventh visit to Spurs in the Premier League with Kevin Friend refereeing this fixture for the first time.

He was in charge on what proved to be our final visit to White Hart Lane in December 2016 and in the same month in 2019 was the referee when we made our first, and to date, our only visit to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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Friend has since refereed us four times. He took charge of the away games last season at Chelsea and Norwich while this season he’s refereed the home games against Crystal Palace and more recently Manchester United.

Tomorrow will be his 27th Burnley game and he’s led the way with visits to the touchline monitor. At Norwich last season he was the first referee to review an incident via the screen which led to him sending off Norwich’s Emiliano Buendia and he was the first referee to use the screen at Turf Moor in a Premier League game which saw him reverse the decision to card Robbie Brady and award us a free kick for a foul by Luke Shaw.

He’s refereed a total of 21 games this season in which there have been 47 yellow and two red cards. Of those yellows, 25 have gone to home team players and 22 to away team players. Both red cards came early in the season. He dismissed Brighton’s Yves Bissouma at the end of their 3-0 win at Newcastle in September and then dismissed Lucas Digne in their 2-0 loss at Southampton in the following month.

Friend’s last game was Monday’s M23 derby between Brighton and Crystal Palace that Palace won 2-1 with a stoppage time goal from Christian Benteke. Brighton had the only two players yellow carded, Dan Burn and Joel Veltman.

Simon Hooper is fourth official tomorrow; his last Burnley game was our 2-1 win at Southampton last season. Martin Atkinson will be on VAR duty and he most recently refereed our home game against Manchester City at the beginning of this month.

Match Officials

Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck & Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper
VAR: Martin Atkinson
Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday

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
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