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Burnley’s game against Everton tomorrow will be refereed by Jon Moss, his first Burnley game since our controversial 2-1 defeat at Arsenal last January which was won with a stoppage time penalty when the assistant failed to see a clear offside against Laurent Koschelny.

Moss is a rare breed of referee in that he played football. Sunderland born, he joined his home town club before moving on to Millwall although he never got beyond academy football at either club.

He settled in West Yorkshire and now works in education and is closer to Turf Moor than any other Premier League referee with his current role at a school in Todmorden.

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Tomorrow will see him referee a Burnley game for the 15th time with the first a 2-0 home win against Blackpool early in our 2008/09 promotion season but we have had problems with him, particularly with red cards.

The sending off of Richard Eckersley in a League Cup tie at Hartlepool was ridiculously harsh, but the red cards shown to Marvin Bartley an Michael Duff at Nottingham Forest and West Ham were just downright poor decisions. The first was possibly due to pressure from Forest players and their manager Billy Davies but there was neither sense nor reason for the red card shown to Duff at West Ham.

He was promoted to the select group of referees for the 2011/12 season having refereed two Premier League games in the previous season and is now employed almost exclusively in the Premier League although his last game on Tuesday this week was the Championship clash between Burton and Aston Villa, his first Football League game since November last year.

There were no cards in that game but in his five previous games this season, all in the Premier League, he’s handed out 16 yellow cards and one red card. Of the yellow cards, seven have gone to home team players and nine to away team players.

That one red card is the much talked about dismissal of Liverpool’s Sadio Mané for the challenge on City goalkeeper Ederson.

Jon Moss’ record in Burnley games is reflected in him being 17th of the 18 Premier League referees in RATE THE REF with a rating of just 57.10 out of 100. Only Paul Tierney is below him. Hopefully there will be no incorrect red cards tomorrow and his performance sees an improvement on that rating.

The assistant referees are Eddie Smart (West Midlands) and Andy Halliday (North Yorkshire). The fourth official is Chris Kavanagh (Manchester) who refereed our home game last week against Huddersfield.

Previous Burnley Games – Jon Moss

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2009/10Hartlepoola2-151Y: Rodriguez, Eckersley, Easton R: Eckersley
2010/11Middlesbrougha1-230Y: Bikey, Carlisle, Wallace
2010/11Burtonh3-130Y: Carlisle, Marney
2010/11Nott'm Foresta0-241Y: Bikey, Fox, Duff R: Bartley
2012/13Boltonh2-030Y: Marney
2014/15West Broma0-430Y: Chalobah, Mee
2014/15QPRa0-231Y: Barnes
2014/15West Hama0-151Y: Wallace, Mee R: Duff
2015/16Wolvesa0-040Y: Arfield, Mee
2016/17Swanseah0-150Y: Jones, Ward, Lowton
2016/17Arsenala1-241Y: Lowton, Marney, Barnes
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