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Tonight’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Fleetwood Town will be refereed by Select Group 2 official Dean Whitestone from Northampton.

It will be his second Burnley game this season and his tenth overall. He was in charge of our 1-1 draw at Birmingham back in October when Jack Cork and Anass Zaroury were both carded alongside one Birmingham player.

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He’s one of the more experienced of referees and first refereed Burnley back in the 2007/08 season when he had an absolute shocker of a game in a 2-2 home draw against a Watford team who, if I’m being kind to them, were bending the rules almost from the kick off.

In fairness, since then, he’s not had another game like that and he currently sits in eleventh place in RATE THE REF with a rating of 55.99 out of a hundred.

We have to go all the way back to October 2005 to find his first Football League game between Notts County and Carlisle and his next, on Boxing Day that year, saw him show his red card for the first time when he dismissed Akpo Sodje in Darlington’s 2-2 draw at Lincoln.

This season, he’s refereed 25 games with nineteen of them in the Championship, four in League One, one in League Two and one in the FA cup, the draw between Wrexham and Sheffield United at the Racecourse Ground in the last round.

In those games, he’s shown 77 yellow and two red cards. Of those yellows, 35 have been shown to home team players and 42 to away team players. He sent off Portsmouth’s Marlon Pack in a 3-0 league defeat at Charlton in October with the other red card coming in the previously referred to cup tie when he dismissed Sheffield United’s Daniel Jebbison.

His most recent game was last Saturday’s game between Coventry and Sunderland which Coventry won 2-1. Coventry had Ben Wilson, Josh Eccles and Kasey Palmer carded with Amad Diallo and Dan Neill of Sunderland also receiving yellows.

On fourth official duty tonight is Matt Donohue who is making a quick return to Turf Moor. He refereed us for the first time last Saturday when we beat Huddersfield 4-0.

VAR will not be in operation tonight, one of four ties in this round not to be using it.

Match Officials

Referee: Dean Whitestone
Assistant Referees: Matthew Jones & Craig Taylor
Fourth Official: Matt Donohue

Previous Burnley Games – Dean Whitestone

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2007/08Watfordh2-240Y: Akinbiyi, Caldwell, Cole
2008/09Nottingham Foresth5-020
2011/12Crystal Palaceh1-141Y: Duff, Marney
2012/13Leicestera1-240Y: Paterson
2015/16Fulhama3-230Y: Boyd, Arfield
2022/23Birminghama1-130Y: Cork, Zaroury
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