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Craig Pawson will referee tomorrow’s game against Liverpool at Anfield and we can only hope, no matter what happens, that this particular referee has a better game than he did on his two visits to Turf Moor this season for the games against Arsenal and Middlesbrough.

He didn’t have a good game when Arsenal beat us 1-0 earlier in the season and ultimately he handed the Gunners all three points by allowing a goal in stoppage time that was certainly handball by scorer Laurent Koscielny and later confirmed as offside when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain confirmed that he did get a touch on the ball.

It ended a poor game from Pawson but there was worse to come on Boxing Day when he turned the home win against Middlesbrough into a card show, waving no fewer than eleven in the game. Some were justified, one should very definitely have been a red but some were just ridiculous and it reached the point that the card came out every time he blew his whistle.

Those were two more dreadful performances from Pawson to add to some earlier bad games with us, but it’s not just us and prior to his last visit for that Middlesbrough game he’d been under severe scrutiny following two bad performances at Crystal Palace and Stoke.

The Sheffield based Pawson got his first Premier League four years ago last week when he was in charge of a game between Swansea and Newcastle at the Liberty Stadium. He’s now used almost exclusively in the Premier League and it is over a year since he refereed a Football League game.

This season, in 26 games, he’s handed out 99 yellow and four red cards. Four of those yellow cards were in the Community shield and of the others, 40 have gone to home team players and 55 to away team players.

The red cards have seen Harry Arter (Bournemouth) sent off in their 1-0 defeat at West Ham and Jamie Vardy for Leicester at Stoke in a 2-2 draw. More recently, in the last three weeks, he’s sent off Millwall’s Jake Cooper in their FA Cup win against Leicester and Michail Antonio in West Ham’s 1-1 draw at Watford.

His last game, a week ago, was Stoke’s 2-0 home win against Middlesbrough. Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross was yellow carded as were Middlesbrough pair George Friend and Marten de Roon.

Craig Pawson is 16th in RATE THE REF with a rating of 60.94 out of 100.

We can only hope that his performance is considerably better than they were in those two Burnley games earlier in the season.

The assistant referees are Scott Ledger (South Yorkshire) and Simon Long (Cornwall). The fourth official is Neil Swarbrick (Preston) whose only Burnley game was the 1-0 win at Barnsley in

Previous Burnley Games – Craig Pawson

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2011/12Burtonh6-340Y: Grant, Elliott
2011/12Brightona1-032Y: Edgar, Paterson
2012/13Millwallh2-280Y: Marney, Mee, Wallace, Vokes
2013/14Blackburnh1-141Y: Marney, Duff, Mee
2014/15Swanseaa0-130Y: Duff
2014/15Arsenala0-310Y: Boyd
2014/15Tottenhama2-430Y: Keane, Arfield
2016/17Middlesbroughh1-0110Y: Boyd, Mee, Flanagan, Ward, Gray, Hendrick
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