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Our home game against Everton will be refereed by Anthony Taylor in what will be his first Burnley game since April 2022 when he took charge of our final win of that season against Wolves.

It’s probably no surprise that it’s a home game; Taylor has refereed us on 22 previous occasions with only six of those away from home and the last time he did take charge of one our away games was back in August 2020 when we drew 0-0 at West Brom.

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His first ever Burnley game was the Plymouth home game in the 2007/08 season, a game we won 1-0 and in the following season he had the rare privilege of seeing Burnley win at Bramall Lane, refereeing our 3-2 win there.

Taylor’s first Burnley game in the Premier League came against Sunderland early in the 2014/15 season although he’d kicked off his own Premier League career in February 2010 with a game between Fulham and Portsmouth.

He refereed the Europa League final last season between Sevilla and Roma in which there were thirteen yellow cards and some horrendous behaviour towards him firstly by Roma manager Jose Mourinho and then by some of their fans. Interestingly, his two assistants in that final were Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn who will both be with him for our game.

It’s his first Burnley game this season but it will be the third time he’s refereed Everton having taken charge of their defeats at Aston Villa and at home against Luton. His previous Burnley games have left him with a RATE THE REF rating of 60.19 and he’s currently in fourteenth place. That rating might have been higher but for some very poor performances, notably at Swansea in the 2016/17 and at home against Southampton two seasons later. This won’t be his first game between Burnley and Everton either. He refereed our 1-0 Boxing Day defeat at Goodison Park in 2019 and the home draw against them in the following season when Robbie Brady scored our goal.

Taylor has refereed 22 games this season although nine of those have come in international games and European competitions. Twelve of his domestic games have come in the Premier League with one in a Championship game between Preston and Coventry which was brought about following a poor penalty award to Newcastle in their 2-2 draw at Wolves.

In those domestic games, he’s shown 65 yellow and two red cards. Of those yellows, 26 have gone the way of home team players and 39 to away team players. Back in September, he sent off Manchester City’s Rodri in their 2-0 home win against Nottingham Forest and Forest also played against ten for a while at home to Brighton when he showed Lewis Dunk two yellows for dissent in a matter of seconds.

That Manchester City v Forest game also included ten yellow cards, his highest number in a game this season. There were just three in his most recent game two weeks ago when he refereed the Brentford v Luton game won 3-1 by Brentford who had Christian Nørgaard carded alongside Luton pair Thomas Kaminski and Tahith Chong.

Fourth official is Thomas Bramall who refereed our defeat at Newcastle in September. Chris Kavanagh is on VAR duty. He was at the Turf for the last home game against Sheffield United and is the only referee to take charge of a Burnley Premier League home win since Taylor and that Wolves game back in 2022.

Match Officials

Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick & Adam Nunn
Fourth Official: Thomas Bramall
VAR: Chris Kavanagh
Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis

Previous Burnley Games – Anthony Taylor

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2007/08Plymouthh1-020Y: Varga
2008/09Sheffield Uniteda3-240Y: Elliott, Jordan
2011/12Hulla3-230Y: Wallace
2014/15Sunderlandh0-030Y: Marney
2014/15Leicesterh0-130Y: Mee, Ings, Wallace
2016/17Leicestera0-310Y: Lowton
2016/17Crystal Palaceh3-230Y: Marney
2016/17Swanseaa2-340Y: Ward, Mee
2018/19Bournemouthh4-020Y: Lowton, Westwood
2018/19Southamptonh1-140Y: Barnes, Bardsley, Mee
2019/20Leicesterh2-110Y: Mee
2020/21West Broma0-040Y: Taylor, Westwood
2020/21Brightonh1-120Y: Mee, Guðmundsson
2020/21Newcastleh1-210Y: Brownhill
2020/21West Hamh1-230Y: Mee, Guðmundsson
2021/22Arsenalh0-130Y: Barnes, Westwood
2021/22Wolvesh1-040Y: Taylor, Vydra, Barnes
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