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Paul Tierney will referee our game at Brentford tomorrow, his third Burnley game this season having previously refereed the away games at Newcastle United and Leeds United.

He wasn’t scheduled to referee the game at Leeds but stood in at the last minute for Kevin Friend who had found himself running the line on the previous day at Arsenal.

Back in 2013, he refereed us for the first time at Barnsley in the FA Cup and made something of a mess of it but probably the game and decision most Burnley fans will point to with this referee was at Huddersfield in January 2018 when he, incredibly, refused us a penalty when Jeff Hendrick was brought down in the home penalty area by goalkeeper Jonas Lössl.

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Overall, his performances with us have not been particularly good and he currently sits above just Tony Harrington and Peter Bankes in RATE THE REF with a rating of just 50.43 out of a hundred.

However, he’s rated by PGMOL as one of our top officials and, as such, has not refereed a Football League game all season with all but three of his 23 domestic games coming in the Premier League with two in the FA Cup alongside the Community Shield at Wembley.

He’s getting close to a century of yellow cards with 92 in those games, that’s eight short of the ton and that’s a total he’s reached twice this season. There has only been one red card and that on a day when he and VAR official Chris Kavanagh had shockers.

Three of those yellow cards came at Wembley in the Community shield and there have also been 48 for home team players and 41 for away team players in the other games. The one red card won’t be disputed. He sent off Liverpool’s Andy Robertson in their 2-2 draw at Spurs but it is still hard to fathom that he and the hapless Kavanagh someone allowed Harry Kane to stay on the pitch.

The same pair were on duty two weeks ago in Tierney’s most recent game. Again, they got it all wrong when Everton were not awarded a clear penalty for handball late in the game against Manchester City. It helped City to win the game and won Everton an apology from Mike Riley.

His fourth official tomorrow is John Brooks who refereed our 0-0 draw at Wolves in December. VAR man is again retired referee Lee Mason.

Match Officials

Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistant Referees: Constantine Hatzidakis & Derek Eaton
Fourth Official: John Brooks
VAR: Lee Mason
Assistant VAR: Ian Hussin

Previous Burnley Games – Paul Tierney

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2012/13Barnsleya0-141Y: Stock, Marney R: Stock
2013/14Prestonh2-030Y: Trippier, Shackell
2016/17Hullh1-120Y: Mee, Arfield
2016/17Southamptonh1-030Y: Marney
2017/18Leicestera0-120Y: Bardsley, Mee
2017/18Huddersfielda0-030Y: Mee
2017/18Watforda2-140Y: NKoudou, Lowton
2018/19Watfordh1-330Y: Ward
2018/19Manchester Cityh0-120Y: Lowton
2019/20Watforda3-040Y: Mee, Tarkowski, Westwood
2020/21Sheffield Unitedh1-120
2020/21Aston Villah3-210Y: Tarkowski
2021/22Newcastlea0-120Y: Collins
2021/22Leedsa1-330Y: Tarkowski
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