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Burnley face the long trip to the south coast tomorrow and a game at Brighton and it will be the same for the Premier League’s newest referee Chris Kavanagh who is Manchester based.

He joined the select group last summer, replacing Mark Clattenburg, and prior to this season had refereed just one game in the Premier League, that last April at West Brom.

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This season he’s refereed Burnley twice, both at Turf Moor, and both times he was faced with big decisions. I think the first one, to abandon the friendly against Hanover 96, was taken out of his hands but he was the referee who wasn’t conned by Huddersfield’s Rajiv van La Parra when he took a dive and yellow carded him.

That was this referee’s second competitive Burnley game; he’d refereed our 3-1 win at Brentford in January 2016. He’s done well enough in both games and he currently sits second in RATE THE REF with a rating of 82.78 out of 100.

Our game against Huddersfield is one of five Premier League games he’s refereed this season and he’s also refereed seven times in the Football League and once in the League Cup. In those games he’s given out just 37 yellow cards and one red card.

The red card was shown to Blackburn’s Dominic Samuel in their home game against Portsmouth while 17 of the yellow cards have gone to home team players and 20 to away team players.

His last game was Southampton’s 4-1 home defeat against Leicester two days ago. There was just one yellow card in that game, Southampton’s former Burnley striker Charlie Austin.

He’s building a reputation as a potentially good referee. Hopefully, nothing will change that tomorrow.

The assistant referees are Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent) and Mick McDonough (Northumberland). The fourth official is Andre Marriner (West Midlands) whose last Burnley game was last season’s FA Cup win against Bristol City.

Previous Burnley Games – Chris Kavanagh

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2017/18Huddersfieldh0-050Y: Cork, Arfield, Tarkowski
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