The Shields Gazette is reporting that Newcastle will write to the FA and highlight the very poor standard of refereeing they have been seeing this season in the Championship.
The game on Friday night was too bad to be true – but it happened.
We know Rafa was furious with the refereeing and he made muted comments about it in the press afterwards, but it now looks like the club will detail the poor refereeing officially to the FA and highlight Friday night’s game as the icing on the cake – so to speak.
Rafa Benitez on Friday night
The FA should listen when a manager as experienced and as worldly-wise as Rafa Benitez brings up poor refereeing.
The 56 year-old was wise enough not the blast Stephen Martin after the game, but he did mention there were some poor decisions made in the games.
The Gazette is also reporting that Newcastle will appeal the red cards of both Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett, although we don’t think there’s any chance of Jonjo getting his three match ban overturned.
And if Jonjo is found guilty at his personal hearing for his misconduct charge during the week beginning December 19th, he’s going to miss a lot of games.
He could be out for even more than eight games!
Notice that Newcastle’s appeal to the FA about poor refereeing in the second tier of English football will put pressure on referees who are given the Newcastle games from now on.
Whether that’s good or bad for us is a good question.
What do you think?