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Back home tonight and following the farce that they called refereeing at Leeds, we have the far more experienced Chris Kavanagh in charge of our game this evening against Sheffield United.

This will be his tenth Burnley game which started on that wonderful night at Brentford in January 2016 when he had very little to do. All his other Burnley games have been in the Premier League.

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I could pick out a couple of exceptions, the away games at Brighton in 2017/18 and at Everton in the following season when he didn’t perform particularly well but other than that he’s a referee who has generally done well in his Burnley games, the last of which was last season’s home game against Arsenal at the beginning of February this year.

Tonight will be his 16th game of the season and there is a very interesting contrast between his domestic games and those in Europe. Has it been said that refereeing is the same the world over? Six of those games have been in European competition, both clubs and internationals. In those six games he’s shown 37 yellow cards and the one red card back in September when he sent off Azerbaijan’s Mahir Madatov in a 2-1 home defeat against Luxembourg.

Domestically, in nine games, there have been just 27 yellow cards of which fourteen have gone to home team players and thirteen to away team players. There have been no red cards in those games and there was only one last season when he sent off Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah just six minutes after coming on as a substitute. Arsenal were 1-0 up against Leicester at the time with the game ending 1-1.

Kavanagh’s most recent game was eight days ago, the Chelsea v West Ham Premier League game at Stamford Bridge. There were no cards in that game.

Alongside him tonight as fourth official is Michael Oliver who was on VAR duty at Leeds apparently unable to correct any of Jones’ mistakes. He last refereed us In October when we played Spurs at home. Peter Bankes is the VAR man this time and his last Burnley game was this fixture, Sheffield United at home, last season.

Match Officials

Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick & Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth Official: Michael Oliver
VAR: Peter Bankes
Assistant VAR: Matthew Wilkes

Previous Burnley games – Chris Kavanagh

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2017/18Huddersfieldh0-050Y: Cork, Arfield, Tarkowski
2017/18Brightona0-060Y: Taylor, Barnes
2017/18Evertonh2-121Y: Westwood
2018/19Huddersfieldh1-140Y: Mee, Lowton
2018/19Wolvesh2-020Y: McNeil
2018/19Evertona0-220Y: Westwood, Tarkowski
2019/20Arsenalh0-040Y: Tarkowski
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