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Michael Oliver, fresh from the fun of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Monday of this week, will make the short journey from there to the Emirates tomorrow to referee our game against Arsenal.

Once spoken about as the youngest referee in the game, Oliver is now 38 and it’s as long ago as August 2007 that he refereed his first ever Football League game in League Two between Mansfield and Lincoln.

In the same season, he refereed Burnley for the first time when Owen Coyle’s team beat Scunthorpe 2-0 at home with goals scored by Robbie Blake and Ade Akinbiyi.

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Just three years and three days after that game at Mansfield, he took charge of his first ever Premier League game. It came at St. Andrew’s where I am pleased to report, Birmingham came from behind to beat Blackburn 2-1.

When he leads the teams out tomorrow, it will be the 26th time he will be refereeing us with seventeen of the previous games having come in the Premier League. There have been good and bad performances from him and for the bad I would point to the home win against Blackpool in 2011 and the home defeat against Spurs in 2017.

Considered one of our top referees, Oliver doesn’t drop into the Football League to referee games now, the last time he did so was back in April 2018. This season he has refereed twelve games. Three of those have been in the Champions League and one in a Euro qualifier.

All of the other eight have been Premier League games in which he’s shown 38 yellow and two red cards. Fifteen of those yellow cards have gone to home team players and twenty-three to away team players.

Both red cards have gone to home team players which takes us on to his most recent game on Monday of this week, the game between Spurs and Chelsea. He dismissed both Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie to leave Spurs with nine men. Udogie had already been yellow carded, one of two Spurs players to get a yellow from him, the other being Pape Sarr. They were joined by five Chelsea players with all of Nicolas Jackson, Levi Colwill, Malo Gusto, Mykhailo Mudryk and Lesley Ugochukwu seeing yellow in their 4-1 win.

Craig Pawson will be on fourth official duties with Michael Salisbury on VAR. These two officials refereed our opening two games of this season, Pawson was in charge of the home game against Manchester City with Salisbury refereeing the Aston Villa game.

Match Officials

Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt & Dan Cook
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson
VAR: Michael Salisbury
Assistant VAR: Ian Hussin

Previous Burnley Games – Michael Oliver

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2008/09Plymouthh0-021Y: Eagles R: Eagles
2008/09Swanseah0-221Y: Elliott R: Duff
2012/13Blackpoolh1-040Y: Mee, Paterson
2013/14Blackpoola1-050Y: Marney, Jones, Duff
2014/15Chelseah1-320Y: Sordell
2014/15Stokeh0-030Y: Boyd
2016/17Watforda1-251R: Hendrick
2017/18Crystal Palaceh1-020Y: Brady
2017/18Tottenhamh0-330Y: Defour
2017/18Crystal Palacea0-130Y: Defour, Bardsley, Taylor
2018/19Evertonh1-560Y: Lowton, Gibson
2018/19Watforda0-030Y: Mee, Bardsley
2018/19Leicesterh1-221Y: Bardsley
2019/20Brightona1-120Y: Lennon, Westwood
2019/20Chelseah2-450Y: Hendrick, Pieters, Brady
2019/20Aston Villah1-220Y: Tarkowski
2019/20Norwichh1-240Y: Long
2019/20West Hama1-020Y: Tarkowski
2020/21Tottenhamh0-120Y: Brownhill, Long
2020/21Crystal Palacea3-000
2021/22Leedsh1-170Y: Brownhill, Barnes, Mee, Lennon
2021/22Norwicha0-220Y: Taylor
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