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Last Tuesday, the Premier League confirmed that Andre Marriner would referee tonight’s game at Everton, but a late change will see Martin Atkinson take the whistle for what will be his first Burnley game since last season’s 2-0 home defeat against Manchester City.

That was Atkinson’s only Burnley game last season and there was only one in the previous season when he refereed our 1-0 win at Bournemouth. There had been nine games in the previous two seasons and there have been a total of 27 Burnley games which started on the night the lights went out at Crewe in 2005.

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One of the most experienced of the Select Group referees, he’s been at the top level since 2005, his first game coming at Manchester City when he refereed their home game against Birmingham. A year later he was appointed to the list of FIFA referees which ended in 2018 when he retired after refereeing a friendly between Argentina and Italy at Manchester City.

Now aged 50, he’s refereed three Premier League games this season in which there have been eight yellow cards and one red card. Five of those yellows have gone to home team players with three to away team players.

Three of those came in his most recent game, Manchester City’s 5-0 home win against Arsenal. City’s Rodri was carded along with Arsenal pair Cédric Soares and Sead Kolašinac. That was the game that also saw him give out a red card for the firs time in 2021 when he rightly dismissed Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka.

Atkinson was initially scheduled to have fourth official duties tonight, but that role will now be in the hands of Mike Dean who refereed our previous away game at Liverpool. Kevin Friend, whose last Burnley game was the final game of last season at Sheffield United, and who has not refereed since, will be on VAR duty.

Match Officials

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Referees: Adrian Holmes & Scott Ledger
Fourth Official: Mike Dean
VAR: Kevin Friend
Assistant VAR: Timothy Wood

Previous Burnley Games – Martin Atkinson

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2004/05Crewea1-110Y: Whittingham
2004/05Sheffield Uniteda1-220Y: Cahill
2006/07Norwichh2-020Y: Caldwell
2008/09Tottenhama1-410Y: Duff
2008/09Readingh1-011
2009/10Wolvesa0-230Y: Gudjonsson
2009/10Boltona0-150Y: Elliott, McDonald
2009/10Hulla4-160Y: Mears
2010/11West Hama1-520Y: Rodriguez, Elliott
2014/15Stokea2-140Y: Ings, Heaton
2014/15Chelseaa1-131Y: Boyd, Kightly
2014/15Tottenhamh0-020Y: Trippier, Mee
2014/15Hulla1-010Y: Ings
2016/17Bournemouthh3-240Y: Arfield, Boyd
2016/17Hulla1-131Y: Westwood, Barnes R: Barnes
2016/17Middlesbrougha0-030Y: Ward, Barnes, Keane
2017/18West Bromh0-111Y: Barnes
2017/18Swanseah2-020Y: Ward
2017/18Manchester Uniteda2-2100Y: Barnes, Taylor, Guðmundsson, Bardsley, Pope, Vokes, Cork
2017/18Manchester Cityh1-150Y: Long, Cork, Mee, Barnes
2017/18Leicesterh2-130Y: Lennon, Barnes
2018/19Cardiffa2-140Y: Westwood, Lowton, Lennon
2018/19Brightonh1-020Y: Tarkowski, Bardsley
2018/19Fulhamh2-130Y: Tarkowski
2018/19Bournemoutha3-150Y: Hendrick, Barnes, Mee
2019/20Bournemoutha1-060Y: Westwood, Barnes, McNeil, Hendrick
2020/21Manchester Cityh0-230Y: Stephens, Mumbongo
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