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Burnley’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow at Wembley will be refereed by Graham Scott from Oxfordshire, his second Burnley game of the season having previously refereed the opening day draw at Southampton.

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There are some very good referees officiating in the Premier League but I don’t believe Graham Scott is one of them and shudder every time I see him allocated a Burnley game. It’s no surprise to me that he’s fourth from bottom in RATE THE REF with a rating of just 61.31. He’s had some awful performances which include the win at Coventry in 2011 and the draws at Bournemouth in 2014 and at home against Villa later in the same year. And that’s before we look at his bewildering performances in each of our last two FA Cup exits.

Now aged 50, he’s in his fourth year as a select group official. He’d refereed one Premier League prior to that, our game against Villa that I referred to above.

Having refereed our game at Southampton this season, he was back in the Premier League for his next game between Arsenal and West Ham two weeks later but didn’t get another top flight game until December when he had two Premier League games in the space of four days.

He’s also refereed on League Cup tie, three Championship games and one fixture in League One to take his total to nine games which have seen him issue 24 yellow and two red cards. Of the yellows, 13 have gone to home team players with 11 to away team players. His first red card this season was Swansea’s Courtney Baker-Richardson in just the fifth minute of their game at Millwall which then went on to win 2-1.

More recently, he dismissed Watford’s Étienne Capouè in a 2-0 defeat at Leicester although that came in stoppage time. Watford appealed the suspension but failed so appealed the appeal via arbitration which also failed. Chairman Scott Duxbury said: “We remain extremely disappointed at the process and this decision but now consider the matter closed.”

Three days later, Scott refereed his most recent game which was West Ham’s 3-1 home win against Cardiff. There were three yellow cards for Marko Arnautovic of West Ham and Cardiff pair Sol Bamba and Joe Ralls.

His only Spurs game at Wembley was last Boxing Day when Spurs beat Southampton 5-2.

The assistant referees are Simon Long and Neil Davis. The fourth official is Lee Mason who refereed this game last season and whose last Burnley game was the 3-0 win at West Ham in March.

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
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
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