It was announced on Tuesday that Andre Marriner will be the referee when Newcastle United travel to the south coast to face Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Sunday, and Magpies fans are not happy.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 19, 2017
Rafa Benitez’s men will be looking to record their fourth successive Premier League win – having lost their opening two fixtures – when they come up against the Seagulls, while they will also come up against former boss Chris Hughton.
Marriner was also the referee for their clash against Tottenham Hotspur last month, and he sent Jonjo Shelvey off after the midfielder stood on Spurs star Dele Alli.
Despite the 46-year-old getting that decision right, Newcastle supporters fear the worst now he will be the match official this weekend.
While some believe it is an “utter joke” that he will be refereeing them again in such a short space of time, others have simply described him as a “terrible ref”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— Jimmy (@Jimmyk1978) September 19, 2017
Oh no. One of the, if not the most, incompetent referees in the premiership.
— m (@HowardF15962445) September 19, 2017
Whats the odds in us conceding at least 1 pen and having a player sent off
— Anderson (@k1ando2) September 19, 2017
— michael wright (@mickwrightjj) September 19, 2017
— Fletty (@Steveyflett) September 19, 2017
Twice in five games utter joke
— Dean Spedding (@dean_spedding) September 19, 2017
Down to ten men and Seagulls to get a pen.Bound to happen with Andre Permatan.
— MichaelMM (@mickmar29) September 19, 2017