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If first impressions count then Lee Mason is a shocker of a referee and that relates to his first Burnley game against Preston back in December 2007 when he had a nightmare of a game.

With less than two minutes gone in the game against the team then bottom of the league, he should have been pointing to the penalty spot and sending off Preston’s Matt Hill for handling on the night. Staggeringly he decided to give nothing when everyone inside the ground could see what had happened.

Things went worse for him with a string of poor decisions in a game we ended with nine men as both Chris McCann and Joey Gudjonsson were sent off.

I don’t think he was any better in the next season when he refereed the same fixture, but this time the poor decisions went our way as Preston saw the game out with ten men with us coming back from a goal down to win 3-1.

In fairness to him, he’s been fine since and that includes the almost farcical game at Blackpool in March 2009 when it looked as though the weather was going to be the winner prior to Christian Kalvenes scoring a late goal to win it for us.

Now very much a regular Premier League referee, all his Turf Moor games have been in North West derbies. Besides the two Preston games he refereed our Premier League game against Wigan in 2009 and two seasons ago took charge of the home game against Blackburn.

He’s mainly been used in the Premier League this season in which he has refereed a total of 26 games in which he has shown 74 yellow and three red cards. Of those yellow cards, 33 have gone to home team players and 41 to away team players. All three of the red cards have been in Premier League games and all for the away teams.

The last of them came in his last game which was four weeks ago tomorrow, the Premier League game between Stoke and Southampton at the Britannia Stadium. In a game that Southampton won 2-1, Stoke had Erik Pieters yellow carded whilst there were also yellow cards for Southampton’s Jordy Clasie and Steve Davis and a red card for Sadio Mane just fifteen minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Lee Mason is currently 31st in RATE THE REF with a rating of 61.21 out of 100.

The assistant referees are Andy Halliday (North Yorkshire) and Matthew Wilkes (West Midlands). The fourth official is Football League referee Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire) whose last Burnley game was the 2-0 home in against Wolves in November 2012, Sean Dyche’s first game in charge of the Clarets.

Previous Burnley Games

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2007/08Prestonh2-322Y: Elliott R: McCann, Gudjonsson
2008/09Blackpoola1-050Y: Kalvenes, McDonald
2009/10Liverpoola0-420Y: Jordan, Eagles
2009/10Wiganh1-320Y: Carlisle, Alexander
2012/13Blackburnh1-120Y: Duff
2014/15Sunderlanda0-240Y: Marney
2014/15Liverpoola0-210Y: Mee
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