After Everton took the lead yesterday, there were cries from the stands of ‘1-0 to the referee’.
Could Newcastle have defended the opener better? Absolutely. But the situation that led to the goal never should have happened.
The free-kick that led to the goal was questionable, with Miguel Almiron and Leighton Baines challenging for the ball in the air. The Everton man won it, and was rewarded with a soft free-kick.
And before the free kick was given, Everton got a corner that clearly came shouldn’t have been given. The ball went out off an Everton head, yet somehow Mason inexplicably awarded them another set piece that led to the free-kick being given. It was a series of mistakes from the referee that pegged Newcastle back early on.
We also had penalty shouts for ‘fouls’ on Andy Carroll and Almiron that were ignored by Mason and then VAR.
While we didn’t do enough to win, we certainly didn’t deserve to lose either. And had there been a bit more consistency from the referee, things might have been different.
There were multiple errors from Mason, who seemed desperate to be the villain at St James’ Park. Maybe he felt sorry for all the grief Jordan Pickford was getting…
Lee Mason wasn’t a popular man at St James’ Park
More i think of yesterday…… Lee Mason was an absolute disgrace.
These are meant to be professionally trained people ffs. Fa will never admit failings #NUFC
— Scotty ⚫⚪NUFC⚫⚪ (@ScottyT9804) December 29, 2019
— Gary Harrison (@tinyhaz) December 29, 2019
Absolutely scandalous day at the office for Lee Mason, what a shocking refereeing performance 🤦♂️ #nufc
— Matthew Armitage (@Matt_Armitage7) December 28, 2019
Felt we were unlucky to lose today, referee Lee Mason appalling again. Missed a clear pen and Two poor decisions for their 1st goal. Draw minimum we deserved today. Also proves how poor players like Atsu and Gayle are imo and simply have to be shipped out #NUFC
— ed (@edletoon) December 28, 2019
#NUFC muppet mason had another stinker and their first goal shouldn’t have stood and we should of been given a penalty I’m all for VAR but what is the point of having it if you are not going to use it for blatant decisions like that.
— James Fernie (@JamesFernienufc) December 28, 2019
#nufc also today shout out to lee mason one of the worst ref performances I’ve seen for a while
— Jake Robinson (@jake_robinson90) December 28, 2019
How Lee Mason is a professional referee baffles me, absolutely shocking performance by him today #NUFC
— Kieran Dixon (@kieraandixon) December 28, 2019