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Burnley’s home game against Rotherham United tomorrow will be refereed by Tim Robinson and it will be a first Burnley game for the referee from Bognor in West Sussex.

Although new to Burnley, he has twice previously refereed Rotherham games and they will be games their fans will wish to remember. Two seasons ago he was in charge of their 6-0 home win against Notts County and as recently as November 2015 he refereed their 3-0 home victory against Bristol City.

Robinson moved quickly into the Football League after just one season in the Conference and his first game was the League Two fixture between Southend and Accrington at Roots Hall in August 2012.

That season saw him referee just once in the Championship; it was Hull’s 2-0 home win against Blackburn in February, and there were only six more games at this level in the next two seasons.

That’s increased this season. Tomorrow will be his tenth Championship game of the season with the bulk of them coming in the last two and a half months.

Last week he refereed the televised game between QPR and Fulham at Loftus Road.  Four players were yellow carded in the game. They were Nedum Onuoha and Grant Hall of QPR along with Fulham’s  Dan Burn and Jamie O’Hara although QPR boss was unhappy that the yellow card shown to Burn was not red.

He’s been described as an over fussy official and this season he’s into three figures with his cards. He’s totalled 106 yellow and four red in 28 games. Of those yellow cards, 49 have gone to home team players and 57 to away team players.

Two of the red cards came in a recent FA Cup replay between Yeovil and Carlisle at Huish Park that Carlisle won on penalties. Besides the reds, there were also nine yellow cards in the game.

Although that’s an exception, we can expect cards. It is a very rare event for Tim Robinson to have a card free games.

The assistant referees are Helen Byrne (Liverpool) and Gary Hilton (Lancashire). The fourth official is Football League referee Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire) whose last Burnley game was the 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in November 2013.

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