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Simon Hooper will referee our game at Crystal Palace tonight, an official who has previously refereed us this season in our away games at Sheffield United and Southampton.

Although he couldn’t be held responsible in any way for our inept performance at Bramall Lane, he did have a particularly poor game although that’s probably the only time he’s had a bad game in Burnley games which have now totalled eleven. That’s born out with a respectable RATE THE REF total of 62.93 out of 100.

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We don’t see much of him on the Turf, just three games in total. There was one in each of the two promotion seasons and more recently last season’s FA Cup tie against Barnsley which means tonight will be his ninth Burnley away game which includes a couple of cup wins at Middlesbrough and Blackburn.

This season is his second as a Select Group official although he’d previously refereed in the Premier League, a difficult game for him at Norwich in August 2015 which left him with a long wait for his second which was our game at Newcastle two seasons ago.

Tonight’s game will be his tenth Premier League game of the season and will be his 23rd game overall. In those games he’s issued 78 yellow cards with just a couple of red cards. Forty of those yellows have gone to home team players with 38 to away team players. Both players sent off were for home teams. The first was Bournemouth’s Simon Francis in a 2-1 defeat against Wolves with Adrian Mariappa the more recent in a 3-0 win against Aston Villa.

Hooper hasn’t had much game time recently. Two weeks after refereeing our game at Southampton, he was back in th Championship for the Cardiff v Brentford game. One week on from that, on the day we played Spurs at home, he was in charge of the Sheffield United v Norwich game, one that saw no cards. That was on 7th March and tonight will be his first game since.

On VAR duty tonight is Graham Scott; his two Burnley games this season were the home wins against Southampton and Everton. Keith Stroud is the fourth official. His last Burnley game was our 1-0 win at Ewood Park back in 2015 when Scott Arfield put the ball in someone’s net.

Match Officials

Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistant Referees: Derek Eaton & Mark Scholes
Fourth Official: Keith Stroud
VAR: Graham Scott
Assistant VAR: Simon Bennett
Replacement Official: Matt Foley

Previous Burnley Games – Simon Hooper

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2011/12Millwalla1-050Y: Trippier, Bartley, Easton
2012/13Charltona1-040Y: Austin, Lafferty, Vokes, Paterson
2013/14Leedsh2-120Y: Jones
2015/16Ipswicha0-210Y: Kightly
2015/16Brightonh1-140Y: Mee
2015/16Middlesbrougha2-130Y: Barton
2017/18Blackburna2-030Y: Bardsley, Long
2017/18Newcastlea1-130Y: Barnes, Vokes
2018/19Barnsleyh1-020Y: Long
2019/20Sheffield Uniteda0-330Y: Tarkowski, Barnes
2019/20Southamptona2-140Y: Hendrick, Mee
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