Referee of Leeds United's April Sheffield United clash takes charge of Whites' visit to Burnley

Leeds United's visit to Burnley will be refereed by Graham Scott, who took charge of the Whites' April clash with Sheffield United.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 1:23 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 1:24 pm
BIG MOMENT - Referee Graham Scott took no action over this George Baldock challenge on Tyler Roberts during Leeds United's clash with Sheffield United. Pic: Getty

Scott's officiating of George Baldock's challenge on Leeds forward Tyler Roberts in that game left former Premier League referee Mark Halsey surprised.

"He's gone in, lunging, from the front," Halsey told the YEP after Leeds' 2-1 win over the Blades."It's subjective but I was surprised that no disciplinary action was taken at all, at least a yellow card for a reckless challenge. It's one of those you class as an 'orange' - an inbetween challenge. I was surprised there was no action taken whatsoever by the referee Graham Scott "

READ: Gjanni Alioski forever grateful to Leeds UnitedPrior to that Elland Road game, Oxfordshire official last refereed a Leeds outing in February 2018, when they lost 4-1 at home to Cardiff City in the Championship.

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That was the 10th time he took charge of the Whites, having first refereed them in League One action in January 2010.

When Brighton beat Brian McDermott's Leeds 2-1 at Elland Road in April 2013, they secured their place in the Championship play-offs. It was a game full of incident, however, with three red cards dished out and a penalty awarded to the Whites.

Will Buckley gave the visitors the lead before Rudolph Austin was sent off for an aggressive challenge on Seagulls striker Ashley Barnes. It became 10 against 10 when Inigo Calderon got his marching orders for pulling down El-Hadji Diouf in the area, the Leeds man converting the resulting spot-kick.

Diouf was soon joining Calderon however, seeing red for a gesture towards the away fans. And with Leeds down to nine, Brighton secured the three points with Leo Ulloa's header.

"What he [Diouf] did is not clever," said McDermott.

"He has got to learn because he is going to miss three games now. He is really upset but he has to be accountable for his actions. These things are dotted around his career. He can be a match-winner and I've told him he has to let his football do the talking.

"If you run 50 yards and make a gesture, that is not a heat of the moment thing. I believe 100 per cent he can learn from this - he has to."

Scott officiated his first Premier League match on Saturday November 29 2014, a 1-1 draw between Burnley and Aston Villa at Turf Moor.

Ahead of the 2015/16 Premier League season, Scott was promoted into the Select Group of referees. This season he has refereed 25 games, 12 of which were top flight fixtures in which he's shown 30 yellow cards and four reds.

Earlier this season he was the fourth official for Leeds' loss at West Ham United.

Scott has refereed only three clubs more times than he has Burnley, who have won eight and lost seven of their 18 games with him in charge. In that time he has sent off three opposition players and no Clarets, awarding two penalties to Burnley and one to their opposition.

At Turf Moor he will be assisted by Gary Beswick and Derek Eaton with Anthony Taylor. the fourth official. Darren England will control VAR, assisted by Adam Nunn.