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Newcastle Will Write To FA About Poor Refereeing In Championship

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 Looking Down Close Up

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?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • U.S Magpie

    Dec 6, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Honestly after watching some absolute great academy award winning acting on the pitch, I feel the FA should give out awards for the best theatrical performance from any game involving Notts Forrest and one player for sure.
    Yes Jonjo should not have retaliated but the Dummet sending off was a complete joke and the player that kicked JJ should have gone too, this would have made sure that Dummets foul didn’t even happen as Marlon Brando would not have been on the pitch.


    Dec 6, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #2

    If Cathro was still taking training sessions then surely Rafa would want him replaced as soon as possible. It was his job under McClaren but really once he left does anyone know what Cathro was doing?

    And it wasnt actually McClaren who brought Cathro in was it? Thought it was a board decision to add him to the backroom staff and SM just went along with it, might be why he was kept on as well


    Dec 6, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #3

    The FA are crook They Hate us…they wont do anything they always against us

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 6, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #4

    They don’t.

  • Belfast

    Dec 6, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Think Jashma has been smoking weed today. 🙂

  • Belfast

    Dec 6, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #6

    *Jamsha* Sorry

  • Belfast

    Dec 6, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Hey Wwsbrd maybe Rafa doesn’t think it’s that hard to take a training session and wouldn’t mind doing it himself??


    Dec 6, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #8

    I’d wager he already does take them

  • Mag52

    Dec 6, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Will Rafa’s letter to the FA about the poor quality of the refereeing put extra pressure on referees for our games Ed. asks.
    It may well do. Is that a bad thing ? Probably not.
    Fergie and Mourinho have been doing it for years in their different ways, and they clearly felt it paid dividends.
    The difference is that Rafa is doing it in an open and totally justifiable way with his letter.
    I’m not holding my breath that we’ll see an improvement in refereeing quality though in the near future.

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 6, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #10

    There are several managers ( usual suspects) that routinely complain about refereeing decisions usually after a loss. There are others who remain dignified in defeat and refuse to get drawn into complaining about the match officials. Rafa would normally fall into the second category so when he does make comments about poor refereeing then he should have enough credibility and respect within the game for his comments to be taken on board.


    Dec 6, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Firebug…from previous
    I dont think the f.a have ever went after player for doin what lansbury did…. especially when he wasn’t sent off…usually only if theres been some under handed nastiness of some sort….so they wont now or it will open up a huge can of worms….and theres no way they’ll say the ref(martin)has been dropped or some other kind off term as that would imply recognition of a poor performance….which could then be used against him in thr appeal against the cards……there was a catalogue of dodgy decisions against us….. but would cause more problems to admit he did wrong then it would to back him….. therefore i doubt it will be overturned.


    Dec 6, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Rafa doesnt blame refs for losses? Not sure thats entirely true

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #13


    i know that fit is. rafa’s one of the most gracious and restrained managers I’ve ever seen. about as polar opposite to someone like Mourinho as you could get, so it would take a lot to get him this riled.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #14

    it is, not fit is !

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 6, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #15

    It’s a good move imo, refs ought to be aware that a bad day at the office will see them being held culpable and managers will not just sit back and accept any old cr^p from them.


    Dec 6, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #16

    U know what what is?

    He may be gracious and restrained most of the time but he certainly is happy to blame refs after losses happily though he prefers to win

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 6, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #17

    WW…….. He doesn’t blame the ref every time we lose like certain other managers is the point I was making.

  • hibbit

    Dec 6, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #18

    my take on the sending off’s
    Dummett’s will be rescinded as an injustice was clearly done no foul was committed and the rule change was not taken into account
    Shelvev on the other hand is a big gamble could cost an extra 1 game ban if the panel deem it a frivolous appeals 3+1 bit of a risk
    i did think Lansbury could be charged in retrospect but as time goes by it starting to look less likely

    Referee has got a game on tuesday so he’s been forgiven by the referees panel the league and the fa
    only losers NUFC


    Dec 6, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #19

    Nar not everytime but hes certainly no saint towards refs if u look at his history of comments so am not sure his word has much more weight than others


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