No break for referee Atkinson, despite fierce criticism

Despite criticism of his performance during Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Burnley, referee Martin Atkinson will not be stood down.

Referee Martin Atkinson has not been stood down from Premier League duties, despite fierce criticism of his performance at Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho maintains Atkinson got four key decisions wrong during the match, which saw Nemanja Matic sent off for his reaction to a clumsy second-half challenge from Ashley Barnes.

Former referees' chief Keith Hackett subsequently branded Atkinson's display "incompetent" and "one of the worst" he had seen.

However, Barnes has escaped retrospective punishment for the incident that led to Matic's red card, and Atkinson will be back in Premier League action next weeked.

The experienced referee will be act as fourth official at Old Trafford on Saturday for Manchester United's clash with Sunderland, before taking charge of Crystal Palace's trip to Southampton three days later.