They are probably two of Newcastle fan’s least favourite referees, but unfortunately for the Toon Army, they’ll have to put up with both Andre Marriner and Mike Dean in Newcastle’s upcoming Premier League clash with Liverpool.
The Toon travel to Anfield on Saturday for an early kick off against The Reds, where Andre Marriner has been named the man with the whistle.
Marriner is incredibly unpopular with some NUFC supporters, and when looking at his career stats it’s easy to see why.
The ref has issued seven red cards to Newcastle players in matches he has officiated, more than he has for any other current PL club.
He’s also not awarded a single penalty to the Toon in 42 matches, something those on Tyneside are all too aware of.
The ref interestingly also took charge of The Mag’s previous PL encounter with Liverpool, a thrilling 3-2 win for The Reds at St James’ Park.
Toon supporters on that occasion were particularly miffed when Trent Alexander-Arnold escaped punishment for a deliberate handball off the line and likely added it to their long list of complaints regarding Marriner.
This year though the introduction of VAR is looking to help clean up such controversies.
But Newcastle fans won’t be pleased to learn the man behind the screen at Anfield will be Mike Dean, one of the league’s most controversial referees.
Dean oversaw Newcastle’s match with Spurs a few weeks ago, and fans were petrified before the game due to a series of unlucky results under the ref.
But the Toon shocked everyone by recording their first win of the season at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in an affair free of controversy on Newcastle’s end.
However good memories are often short-term in football, and it appears Toon fans still aren’t best pleased at the choice of match officials this weekend.
Toon fans react to match officials vs. Liverpool
Mike Dean in charge of VAR.. what could go wrong? pic.twitter.com/se4EAPZwfu
— Ollie Maxwell (@olliemaxwell14) September 10, 2019
Ah well, that's dented our chances of getting a win then 😂
— MarkyMark Rowley (@markymarkkoast) September 10, 2019