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Chris Kavanagh refereed our final home game of 2020, a 1-0 win against Sheffield United, and tonight will referee the final home game of the season when Liverpool are our visitors.

It will be his third Burnley game this season. Some eighteen days after the Sheffield United game he took charge of our game against West Ham at the London Stadium, his most recent Burnley game. Liverpool too have had him referee two of their games this season, firstly the home win against Leicester in November and more recently Everton’s victory at Anfield in the Merseyside derby.

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Tonight will be the twelfth time in total that he’s refereed us. The first of those occasions was on that superb night at Griffin Park in January 2016 when we beat Brentford 3-1. The remaining games have all been in the Premier League where he’s had some mixed performances from the very good to the away game at Brighton where he fell for their tricks far too often.

He’s refereed 24 games this season in domestic football with twenty of those in the Premier League, two in the Championship and two FA Cup ties, both of which have been clashes between two Premier League clubs.

In those games he’s handed out 80 yellow and two red cards. For much of the season it was home team players leading the way with the yellows but that’s changed recently with most of the cards shown going to away team players. His total now is 35 home team players and 45 away team players.

His two red cards have come in the last three and a half weeks. The first of them was somewhat controversial in that he changed his mind when asked to go and look at the monitor. That was West Ham’s Fabian Balbuena in their 1-0 home defeat against Chelsea. The decision was subsequently rescinded. That was on 24th April and on 9th May he sent off Ollie Watkins at the end of Aston Villa’s 3-1 home defeat against Manchester United. That one was for two yellows, the second of which was shown for simulation.

He will have Jon Moss as his fourth official tonight with Paul Tierney on VAR.  Moss last refereed us at Manchester United while Tierney’s most recent game was the 3-2 win against Aston Villa which was our last home win.

Match Officials

Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistant Referees: Dan Cook & Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth Official: Jon Moss
VAR: Paul Tierney
Assistant VAR: Simon Bennett

Previous Burnley Games – Chris Kavanagh

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2015/16Brentforda3-100
2017/18Huddersfieldh0-050Y: Cork, Arfield, Tarkowski
2017/18Brightona0-060Y: Taylor, Barnes
2017/18Evertonh2-121Y: Westwood
2018/19Huddersfieldh1-140Y: Mee, Lowton
2018/19Wolvesh2-020Y: McNeil
2018/19Evertona0-220Y: Westwood, Tarkowski
2019/20Liverpoolh0-300
2019/20Arsenalh0-040Y: Tarkowski
2020/21Sheffield Unitedh1-030Y: Lowton
2020/21West Hama0-130Y: Barnes
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