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Michael Oliver will referee our home game tomorrow against Tottenham Hotspur, his second Burnley game this season having previously refereed our home win against Crystal Palace in September.

The son of former Football League referee Clive Oliver, he’s still just 32 years of age although he’s been refereeing in the Premier League now for over seven years since taking charge of a game between Birmingham and Blackburn in August 2010 having been promoted to the select group.

He’d refereed three Burnley games by then. His first, in a 2-0 win against Scunthorpe, was good but he got things badly wrong in the third when Swansea came to Turf Moor in January 2009.

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There is absolutely no doubt that he’s a much better referee now than he was then. He’s had so much experience at all levels of the game from domestic football to the Champions League and World Cup qualifying games although he does still have his difficult afternoons and, according to one whinging manager in Watford, he had one last week. He sent two players off in that game and I did think the second yellow for Huddersfield’s Jonathan Hogg was harsh.

He and Troy Deeney, who joined the ever growing number of Watford players to unsuccessfully appeal a red card, were dismissed to take Oliver’s total to five this season although one of them was in a Champions League game. The other two domestic red cards went to Chelsea’s David Luiz in a 0-0 home draw against Arsenal and, six days later, Tottenham’s Serge Aurier in their 3-2 win at West Ham.

Besides the red cards, he’s handed out a total of 60 yellow cards in 15 domestic games. Of those, 31 have gone to home team players and 29 to away team players.

After a difficult start, Michael Oliver has climbed the RATE THE REF table and now sits in 6th place with a rating of 73.58 out of 100. Generally, when he’s refereeing you can expect a good performance.

The assistant referees are Simon Bennett (Staffordshire) and Dan Cook (Hampshire). The fourth official is Mike Dean (Wirral) whose last Burnley game was our 1-0 home win against Newcastle at the end of October.

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
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