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Burnley’s final away game of the season at Carrow Road against Norwich City will be refereed by Kevin Friend who has previously refereed the home game against West Ham United and the away games against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

The 49-year-old Friend is a vastly experienced referee and he first refereed in the Premier League back in September 2009 when he took charge of a game between Wolves and Fulham while three months later he showed his first Premier League red card, sending off Sunderland’s Lorik Cana in a 2-0 home defeat against Aston Villa.

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Ahead of that season he’d already refereed Burnley on seven occasions and generally he’s been fine. The only games where I think he’s been poor are the opening day of the season draw at Leeds in 2015 and games at Spurs and Arsenal in 2016/17 and 2018/19 seasons respectively.

However, in 23 Burnley games he’s recorded a RATE THE REF rating of 61.48 out of 100 which currently sees him occupy 13th place in the table.

Friend has refereed a total of 32 games this season in which he has shown 89 yellow and six red cards. Of those yellows, 40 have gone to home team players and 49 to away team players. His most recent red card was in the West Brom v Preston game back in February; he dismissed Preston’s Darnell Fisher in their 2-0 defeat at the Hawthorns.

He should have no problems finding his way to Carrow Road. Tomorrow will be his fifth game since the restart and three of those will have been at Norwich. He’s already refereed their homes games against Southampton in June and West Ham this month. That game against West Ham last Saturday was his most recent game. The only yellow card went to Norwich’s Marco Stiepermann.

Fourth official tomorrow is Dean Whitestone. His last Burnley game was our 3-2 win at Fulham in March 2016. Lee Mason will be at Stockley Park; the Aston Villa away game has been his only Burnley game in the last two seasons.

Match Officials

Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck & Andy Garratt
Fourth Official: Dean Whitestone
VAR: Lee Mason
Assistant VAR:  Stephen Child
Replacement Official: George Byrne

Previous Burnley Games – Kevin Friend

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2004/05West Hamh0-130Y: Camara
2006/07Wolvesa1-220Y: Duff, Gudjonsson
2007/08Watforda2-110Y: Akinbiyi
2007/08QPRa4-210Y: Varga
2007/08Crystal Palacea0-511Y: Alexander R: Carlisle
2008/09Readinga1-341Y: Caldwell, Jordan, Paterson R: Jordan
2008/09Norwicha1-110Y: Duff
2009/10Birminghamh2-130
2010/11Prestonh4-341Y: Elliott
2014/15West Hamh1-310
2014/15Manchester Citya2-250Y: Mee
2014/15Manchester Uniteda1-370Y: Kightly, Mee, Arfield
2015/16Leedsa1-130Y: Arfield, Kightly
2015/16Prestonh0-250Y: Barton, Lowton
2015/16Prestona1-080Y: Marney, Lowton, Gray, Barton, Mee
2016/17Tottenhama1-230Y: Barnes, Lowton
2016/17Chelseah1-150Y: Westwood, Lowton, Barton
2016/17Stokeh1-050Y: Ward, Barton, Boyd
2018/19Arsenala1-370Y: Barnes, Wood, Mee, Cork, Westwood
2018/19Chelseaa2-230Y: Heaton
2019/20West Hamh3-030Y: Mee, Westwood
2019/20Tottenhama0-510Y: Lowton
2019/20Chelseaa0-330Y: McNeil, Westwood, Lennon
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