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Graham Scott was the referee last month when we beat Arsenal 1-0 at the Emirates and tomorrow he’s back with the Clarets in London when we take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

That Arsenal game saw him red card Granit Xhaka for grabbing Ashley Westwood by the throat. Astonishingly, he initially only yellow carded him but upgraded it to red having been invited by VAR official David Coote. I’m still stunned that Arsenal didn’t end the game with nine men, only those two officials will ever know how on earth Mohamed Elneny stayed on having pushed two hands in James Tarkowski’s face.

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The Xhaka red card was one of four Scott has shown in the Premier League this season, the most of any referee, and that’s in just eight games. He’d already sent off Sheffield United’s John Egan in a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa and Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Crystal Palace. In the very next game after our win at Arsenal, he dismissed another Fulham player, this time Joachim Andersen in a 1-1 draw at Newcastle.

Alongside the eight Premier League games, he’s also refereed three games in the Championship and one in each of the two cup competitions. In those 13 games there have been 32 yellow cards; 18 of them have gone to home team players and 14 to away team players.

His most recent game was the FA Cup tie between Everton and Sheffield Wednesday at Goodison Park. Everton’s Ben Godfrey was the only player carded in that game.

The fourth official tomorrow is a reminder of our Christmas game at Leeds. It’s Robert Jones who I think it is fair to say did not have a good day at Elland Road. On VAR duty that day was Michael Oliver and he will be at Stockley Park again tomorrow. Oliver’s only Burnley game this season in the middle was the home game against Spurs back in October.

Match Officials

Referee: Graham Scott
Assistant Referees: Darren Cann & Tim Wood
Fourth Official: Robert Jones
VAR: Michael Oliver
Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday

Previous Burnley Games – Graham Scott

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2010/11Readinga1-240Y: Thompson, Mears, Duff
2011/12Coventrya2-181Y: Rodriguez. Bartley, Wallace, Edgar, Hines
2012/13Brightona0-150Y; Ings, McCann, Shackell
2013/14Ipswicha1-000
2013/14Bournemoutha1-120
2014/15Aston Villah1-170Y: Kightly, Marney, Barnes
2015/16Boltonh2-050Y: Darikwa, Barton
2015/16Hullh1-020Y: Vokes
2016/17Sunderlandh4-120Y: Marney
2016/17Lincolnh0-140Y: Barton, Barnes
2017/18Manchester Citya1-430Y: Westwood, Cork
2018/19Southamptona0-010Y: Cork
2018/19Tottenhama0-120Y: Brady, Bardsley
2018/19Manchester Citya0-510
2019/20Southamptonh3-000
2019/20Evertonh1-041Y: Hendrick, Westwood
2020/21Arsenala1-031Y: Brady
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