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There will be a Premier League debutant at Turf Moor tomorrow when we face Newcastle United with Bognor Regis referee Tim Robinson getting his first ever top flight game in the middle.

Robinson became a Football League referee ahead of the 2012/13 season and his first game was in League Two between Southend and Accrington at the beginning of that season. By February he’d been given his first Championship game when Hull beat Blackburn 2-0 at the KCOM Stadium.

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He became a Select Group 2 official when it was created in the summer of 2016 and has predominantly been used since in the Championship although his one previous Burnley game had come in the previous season when he had a nightmare of an afternoon as we beat Rotherham 2-0 at home with goals from Sam Vokes and Scott Arfield.

Although still a Select Group 2 referee, this season he’s acted as a fourth official for Premier League although tomorrow’s game will be his first ever in the middle although he has refereed Newcastle this season. That was back in August when he was in charge of the Newcastle v Leicester League Cup tie. He missed a bad foul by Hamza Choudhury on Matt Ritchie that has kept the Newcastle wide player out of the game since.

He’s refereed 14 games so far this season, twelve of those in the Championship and the other two in the League Cup. In those games he’s shown a total of 43 yellow cards and one red card. Of those yellows, 19 have gone to home team players and 24 to away team players. The one player sent off is Fulham’s Harry Arter in a 1-1 draw at Cardiff where he spent last season on loan.

Robinson’s most recent game was last Saturday when he took charge of Birmingham’s 3-2 win at Reading. Both teams picked up one yellow card, George Puscas for Reading along with Birmingham’s Josh McEachran.

He’ll have experienced back up tomorrow; Anthony Taylor, still to referee a Burnley game this season, is the fourth official while Kevin Friend, in the middle last week at Spurs, is on VAR duty.

Match Officials

Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick & Adam Nunn
Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor
VAR: Kevin Friend
AVAR: Matthew Wilkes

Previous Burnley Games – Tim Robinson

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2015/16Rotherhamh2-040Y: Gray, Mee
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