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In a repeat of last season, Penwortham referee Michael Salisbury will take charge of a Burnley game almost immediately after having had a difficult time on VAR duty.

Last season, he was the VAR official for the game between Spurs and Brighton, a game that led to Brighton receiving a formal apology from PGMOL, Salisbury’s employer, with them highlighting one of his errors, a failure to spot a clear penalty. Two days after that game, he was in the middle for the first time in a Burnley game, refereeing our 2-0 home win against Sheffield United.

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Moving on a few months and he’s had another difficult time sat at Stockley Park; this time, incredibly, not being able to see the clear penalty Wolves should have been awarded against Manchester United at Old Trafford a week last Monday. It led to him, match referee Simon Hooper and Assistant VAR official Richard West all being left without a game last week.

And so he returns with a Burnley game and he did OK on his other appearance when he gave us a bit of a helping hand, sending off Blades’ goalkeeper Wes Foderingham who fouled Nathan Tella just outside the box; this one very much a correct decision.

Salisbury was appointed to the Select Group of officials in 2021 but this will be his first Premier League game featuring Burnley. His first Premier League game was at Selhurst Park in November 2021; he took charge of their 2-1 home defeat against Aston Villa. It was one of only three in the top flight last season but fifteen of his thirty-one games last season were in the Premier League.

In those games, he showed 110 yellow and four red cards. Of those, 52 went to home team players and 58 to away team players. Besides Foderingham, he sent off Leeds’ Tyler Adams in their 4-3 loss t Spurs in November and in the game before he refereed at Burnley, it was Leeds turn to benefit when he dismissed Wolves pair Jonny Otto and unused substitute Matheus Nunes with Leeds winning 4-2 at Molineux.

Tomorrow will be his first game of the season. His last game was in last season’s play-off League One semi-final, the second leg between Barnsley and Bolton at Oakwell. He yellow carded Barnsley’s Devante Cole in that game and Bolton pair Ricardo Santos and Kyle Dempsey in what proved to be James Trafford’s final game for Bolton.

Fourth official tomorrow is Anthony Taylor. His last Burnley game was the 1-0 home victory against Wolves in April 2022, the last time we won a Premier League game at home. Darren Bond, promoted this summer to the Select Group, is on VAR duty. He refereed us four times last season; the last occasion was that wonderful Good Friday night at Middlesbrough.

Match Officials

Referee: Michael Salisbury
Assistant Referees: Ian Hussin & Derek Eaton
Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor
VAR: Darren Bond
Assistant VAR: Scott Ledger

Previous Burnley Game – Michael Salisbury

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2022/23Sheffield Unitedh2-041Y: Harwood-Bellis
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