Martin Atkinson made headlines for the wrong reasons in the Premier League last weekend, and the maligned official has been announced as referee for Newcastle’s clash with Bournemouth on Saturday.
Atkinson was in charge of Everton’s game with Tottenham, in which Andre Gomes suffered a horrific injury under a challenge from Tottenham’s Son Heung-min.
The referee was set to brandish a yellow card, according to the Sun, but changed his mind, and sent Son off, after seeing the extent of the injury.
That red card decision was successfully appealed by Spurs, and was overturned as a result.
But Atkinson also missed a blatant handball by Dele Alli in the box, which should have seen Everton awarded a penalty, and, as seems to be the norm, VAR officials refused to alter his decision, despite replays clearly showing the offence.
So naturally after such a poor officiating performance, Atkinson has been handed a game at Newcastle for his next outing.
Fans are not happy about Atkinson refereeing Newcastle on Saturday
The Yorkshire referee has awarded four penalties in his 10 Premier League games in the middle this season, and has brandished 31 yellow cards, as well as his erroneous red at Everton.
Fans have taken to Twitter to react to the referee announcement, and it has not just been Newcastle fans who have commented on the appointment.
Here is what some of the fans are saying:
Thoughts are with you at this difficult time ❤️
— KingKennyStand (@KingKennyStand) November 6, 2019
Cheers sons crying
— Andy Prosser (@andypross91) November 6, 2019
— Rusty Clackerbag (@Lenny_B123) November 6, 2019
Martin Atkinson will blow the whistle to start and end each half, as we all know now, VAR will referee the actual match…. #dropVAR
— lennox (@imianmitchell) November 6, 2019
We’d be better off with his brother Rowan! 🙄 pic.twitter.com/lzvJEBhVwj
— Graham Thompson (@Thoma69) November 6, 2019
God help you.
— Jameel Moreea (@JMoreea) November 6, 2019
I would protest
— VanDirk (@VanDirk5) November 6, 2019
Bournemouth getting 3 points then!
— Graham Walker (@Grey_ham79) November 6, 2019
Someone’s getting robbed of 3 points
— Smokey (@RedWayYNWA) November 6, 2019
— Luca (@LucaTokarski) November 6, 2019