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Having refereed our game at Everton last month, Martin Atkinson will become the first to referee two Burnley games this season when he takes charge of our game at Manchester City.

He stood in at the last minute for Andre Marriner at Goodison and I remain astonished that we weren’t awarded a first half penalty for a foul on James Tarkowski and still bemused that a Tarkowski goal was ruled out for offside. On neither occasion could Atkinson be considered responsible; these were two decisions that VAR (Kevin Friend) got wrong.

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It won’t be the first time we’ve had Atkinson against Manchester City but it will be the first time at the Etihad. His two previous Burnley v Manchester City games were the 1-1 home draw four seasons ago and last season’s 2-0 defeat.

Tomorrow will be his 23rd Burnley game in the Premier League and his 29th in total. One of the most experienced referees, only Mike Dean has taken charge of more Burnley games in the Premier League.

This will be the fifty-year-old’s seventh game this season. The previous six, all of them in the Premier League, have seen him hand out fourteen yellow and two red cards. It’s even with the yellows with seven to home team players and seven to away team players.

The first red card saw Granit Xhaka dismissed in Arsenal’s 5-0 loss at Manchester United and he also sent off Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse at Chelsea. That second red was initially a yellow with Atkinson upgrading after reviewing the incident. It’s also landed Ralph Hassenhüttl in trouble; he’s been charged by the FA following his comments about Dean who was on VAR duty.

That game at Chelsea, which ended in a 3-1 home win was Atkinson’s most recent game and there were four yellow cards to add to the red with Chelsea’s Thiago Silva joining Mohammed Salisu, Oriol Romeu and Moussa Djenepo of Southampton.

Fourth official tomorrow is Michael Salisbury who is still waiting for his first Premier League game and his first Burnley game. Marriner is on VAR, and having missed our game at Everton we have to go back to last season’s game at Southampton.

Match Officials

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Referees: Constantine Hatzidakis & Peter Kirkup
Fourth Official: Michael Salisbury
VAR: Andre Marriner
Assistant VAR: Matthew Wilkes

Previous Burnley Games – Martin Atkinson

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2004/05Crewea1-110Y: Whittingham
2004/05Sheffield Uniteda1-220Y: Cahill
2006/07Norwichh2-020Y: Caldwell
2008/09Tottenhama1-410Y: Duff
2009/10Wolvesa0-230Y: Gudjonsson
2009/10Boltona0-150Y: Elliott, McDonald
2009/10Hulla4-160Y: Mears
2010/11West Hama1-520Y: Rodriguez, Elliott
2014/15Stokea2-140Y: Ings, Heaton
2014/15Chelseaa1-131Y: Boyd, Kightly
2014/15Tottenhamh0-020Y: Trippier, Mee
2014/15Hulla1-010Y: Ings
2016/17Bournemouthh3-240Y: Arfield, Boyd
2016/17Hulla1-131Y: Westwood, Barnes R: Barnes
2016/17Middlesbrougha0-030Y: Ward, Barnes, Keane
2017/18West Bromh0-111Y: Barnes
2017/18Swanseah2-020Y: Ward
2017/18Manchester Uniteda2-2100Y: Barnes, Taylor, Guðmundsson, Bardsley, Pope, Vokes, Cork
2017/18Manchester Cityh1-150Y: Long, Cork, Mee, Barnes
2017/18Leicesterh2-130Y: Lennon, Barnes
2018/19Cardiffa2-140Y: Westwood, Lowton, Lennon
2018/19Brightonh1-020Y: Tarkowski, Bardsley
2018/19Fulhamh2-130Y: Tarkowski
2018/19Bournemoutha3-150Y: Hendrick, Barnes, Mee
2019/20Bournemoutha1-060Y: Westwood, Barnes, McNeil, Hendrick
2020/21Manchester Cityh0-230Y: Stephens, Mumbongo
2021/22Evertona1-320Y: Brownhill
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