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Kevin Friend will referee our game at Arsenal tomorrow and it’s been a while since he last took charge of a Burnley game.

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He’s refereed neither us nor Arsenal this season although he did referee the Gunners on four occasions in the Premier League last season. However, his last Burnley game was back in 2016/17 when he was the man in the middle for the 1-0 win against Stoke in April 2017 and that was his fourth Burnley game that season and that day he became the last referee ever to yellow card Joey Barton.

He’s a referee who hasn’t caused us too many problems over the years but he did miss two clear penalties at Leeds on the opening day of the 2015/16 season and his decision not to send off Moussa Sissoko in our 2-1 defeat at Spurs in December 2016 proved crucial as, within seconds, he set up Spurs’ winner. He currently sits 12th in RATE THE REF with a rating of 63.27 out of 100.

He’s refereed 17 games to date this season with 12 of those in the Premier League. There have been 69 yellow cards and one red card in those games. Of the yellows, 34 have gone to home team players and 35 to away team players. His one red card was an easy one; sending off Shane Duffy in Brighton’s 3-1 win against Crystal Palace although his inability to get penalty decisions correct were a feature of that game.

He’s refereed one game since. That was a week last Monday, Everton’s 2-2 home draw against Watford that saw both sides have one player yellow carded. They were Everton’s Yerry Mina along with Nathaniel Chalobah of Watford.

The assistant referees are Matthew Wilkes and Derek Eaton. The fourth official is Simon Hooper who last refereed us at Newcastle last season.

Previous Burnley Games – Kevin Friend

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2004/05West Hamh0-130Y: Camara
2006/07Wolvesa1-220Y: Duff, Gudjonsson
2007/08Watforda2-110Y: Akinbiyi
2007/08QPRa4-210Y: Varga
2007/08Crystal Palacea0-511Y: Alexander R: Carlisle
2008/09Readinga1-341Y: Caldwell, Jordan, Paterson R: Jordan
2008/09Norwicha1-110Y: Duff
2010/11Prestonh4-341Y: Elliott
2014/15West Hamh1-310
2014/15Manchester Citya2-250Y: Mee
2014/15Manchester Uniteda1-370Y: Kightly, Mee, Arfield
2015/16Leedsa1-130Y: Arfield, Kightly
2015/16Prestonh0-250Y: Barton, Lowton
2015/16Prestona1-080Y: Marney, Lowton, Gray, Barton, Mee
2016/17Tottenhama1-230Y: Barnes, Lowton
2016/17Chelseah1-150Y: Westwood, Lowton, Barton
2016/17Stokeh1-050Y: Ward, Barton, Boyd
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