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Tony Harrington will referee Burnley for the first time in the Premier League when he takes charge of our home game against Manchester United tomorrow.

Although this is his first Burnley game at this level, he has refereed us on four previous occasions, twice times in the Championship and twice in League Cup ties at York in 2013 and at Accrington three years later. Between those games, he refereed us in home Championship games against Doncaster and Reading.

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He was scheduled to referee our home game against Norwich last season but a late switch saw Paul Tierney referee the game which means it’s over seven years since Harrington, from Hartlepool, last refereed a Burnley game so the two shocking games he had, those against Doncaster and Accrington are long in the past.

The Hartlepool official was promoted to the Select Group in the summer of 2021 and is now in his third season at the top level. It was December in that 2021/22 season when he was given his first Premier League game, a 1-0 win for Wolves at Brighton and two more followed in the final weeks of the season.

Last season, he’d refereed six top flight games by the beginning of November but on the 9th of that month, he refereed the League Cup tie between Liverpool and Derby which proved to be his final game of the season, presumably because of an injury.

He finally returned to action this season and to date has taken charge of two Championship games and one in the League Cup although he has had some controversial involvement in the Premier League; he was the VAR official for the Manchester City v Fulham game when he allowed a goal that was clearly offside, a decision which referees’ boss Howard Webb said was an error.

In his three games thus far, he’s shown thirteen yellow cards of which five have gone to home team players and eight to away team players. He had a very busy night in his most recent game last Friday when he yellow carded Hull pair Liam Delap and Aaron Connolly alongside Coventry’s Luis Binks, Kyle McFadzean, Joel Latibeaudiere, Josh Eccles and Jake Bidwell in the 1-1 draw between the two teams.

The fourth official tomorrow is Chris Kavanagh whose last Burnley game was our 2-0 home defeat against Leicester in March of last year. Simon Hooper is on VAR duty; he last refereed Burnley in November 2021 when we drew 3-3 at home against Crystal Palace.

Match Officials

Referee: Tony Harrington
Assistant Referees: Richard West & Tim Wood
Fourth Official: Chris Kavanagh
VAR: Simon Hooper
Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis

Previous Burnley Games – Tony Harrington

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2013/14Yorka4-000Y: Wallace
2013/14Doncasterh2-030Y: Marney
2015/16Readingh1-230Y: Keane
2016/17Accringtona0-150Y: Vokes, Ulvestad


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