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Anthony Taylor is the referee tomorrow, his second Burnley game of the season having taken charge of our Boxing Day game at Everton, and it will be his first game at the Turf since he grabbed the headlines in last season’s 1-1 draw against Southampton.

Deep into stoppage time in that game, played in February last year, he became the first referee to award us a Premier League penalty since April 2017. Ashley Barnes converted it to earn us a point but the big talking point was the penalty he didn’t give us when Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy wiped out Barnes in the first half.

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It was probably the worst non-penalty decision against us in the Premier League although from the same referee who did actually give us one two years earlier when Sam Vokes handled the ball at Swansea. It’s probably no wonder he finds himself fourth from bottom in RATE THE REF with a rating of 59.34 out of 100.

Tomorrow, Taylor might become the first referee to use the pitch side monitor at Turf Moor after an about turn this week which has now seen referees encouraged to use them in Premier League games should VAR recommend an upgrade from a yellow to a red card or a downgrade from red to yellow.

Card free games are a rarity for Taylor but he’s had two in the last four games; one of those was our game at Everton and he kept his cards in his pocket in his most recent game between Manchester United and Norwich.

In 19 domestic games, he’s now handed out 80 yellow and three red cards. Of those yellows, 38 have gone to home team players and 42 to away team players. The most recent red card he showed to Tottenham’s Son Heung-min in their 2-0 home defeat against Chelsea. Spurs appealed the decision but failed to get it overturned.

In last season’s draw against Southampton, Taylor was certainly not helped by hapless assistant Adam Nunn. Both assistants from that day, the other being Gary Beswick, are with him again tomorrow.

The fourth official is Peter Bankes who refereed our home game against Crystal Palace in November while David Coote, referee for our home win against Norwich, is on VAR duty.

Match Officials

Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick & Adam Nunn
Fourth Official: Peter Bankes
VAR: David Coote
AVAR: Nick Hopton

Previous Burnley Games – Anthony Taylor

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2007/08Plymouthh1-020Y: Varga
2008/09Sheffield Uniteda3-240Y: Elliott, Jordan
2011/12Southamptonh1-100
2011/12Hulla3-230Y: Wallace
2014/15Sunderlandh0-030Y: Marney
2014/15Liverpoolh0-110
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
2018/19Newcastleh1-210
2018/19Southamptonh1-140Y: Barnes, Bardsley, Mee
2019/20Evertona0-100
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