There have been some weird refereeing decisions against Newcastle United this season and it looks like we have paid the penalty (excuse the pun) for being the biggest club in the league with attendances of over 51,000 at St. James’ Park and many of our away game sold out.
Against Burton Albion last week we were denied the retake of a penalty for encroachment by referee Keith Shroud – a rule everybody and their mother knows.
But none of the four officials on duty seemed to understand that simple rule last week.
That’s both amazing and embarrassing at the same time.
Rafa Benitez on Friday night
And even at the end of that game with Newcastle ahead by only 1-0, Rafa was complaining about why there was so much stoppage time being played.
That stoppage time that’s added on at the end of games for no particular cost us dearly on Friday night when Chris Wood scored in the 5th minute of stoppage time and we dropped 2 valuable points.
But we also did not defend very well so we cannot blame that too much on the officials – we made the mistake.
But Benitez was still very unhappy with referee Christopher Kavanagh on Friday night.
Benitez were arguing with fourth official Trevor Kettle as one after another dubious decisions went against us against Leeds.
It seems the atmosphere and huge crowds at Newcastle are just too much for these Championship officials who don’t have the experience in their careers of handling huge games and often cannot handle it.
This is what Rafa said after the game Friday:
“To be fair, I was not expecting this from the last four or five games, but after Nottingham Forest, then maybe I have to keep an eye on it,”
“I don’t have to be careful about what I say. I was very correct with the referees and I was defending them the other day when everyone could see there was a massive mistake.”
“I am and I have been very, very polite with them, but still I can be upset if I don’t like something.”
“I do not understand these decisions. I do not understand why they go against us.”
“I think the fans realise, after these four or five games, that we don’t have an explanation why we have these decisions.”
Next up for us is a game tomorrow afternoon at Ipswich and Brighton will be promoted if they beat Wigan at home.
We need to beat Ipswich.