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Just over four weeks ago we played Tottenham Hotspur at home in the League Cup with the game refereed by Peter Bankes. Tomorrow, Spurs are back and so is Bankes who will referee one of our Premier League games for the first time since early July 2020.

I wrote at the time of the cup game that Bankes’ performance in his few previous Burnley games didn’t reassure; he went on to have a shocker of a game and proved to be yet another referee to visit the Turf this season and give absolutely nothing when a player should have been sent off, this one being Oliver Skipp for a foul on Dwight McNeil.

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He hasn’t been particularly busy since that League Cup game. Three days later he was in charge of the Watford v Southampton game and he hasn’t refereed a game since. That took his total of domestic games this season to eight in which there have been forty yellow cards and one red card.

The red card sent Neil Warnock into a rant; he’d dismissed Middlesbrough’s Matt Crooks. It was a shocking decision which was overturned on appeal. Nineteen of the yellow cards have gone to home team players with twenty-one to away team players.

That last game at Watford saw home pair Juraj Kucka and João Pedro yellow carded along with Mohammed Salisu and James Ward-Prowse for Southampton.

Kevin Friend is tomorrow’s fourth official; he, as we know all too well, was referee for our home game against Norwich and Craig Pawson is on VAR duty. His last Burnley game was last season’s 0-0 draw at Aston Villa.

Match Officials

Referee: Peter Bankes
Assistant Referees: Neil Davies & James Mainwaring
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend
VAR: Craig Pawson
Assistant VAR: Lee Betts

Previous Burnley Games – Peter Bankes

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2015/16Rotherhama2-140Y: C Long
2015/16Ipswichh0-020Y: Lowton, Barton
2019/20Crystal Palaceh0-220Y: Bardsley, McNeil
2019/20Sheffield Unitedh1-100
2021/22Tottenhamh0-120Y: Roberts
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