April 24, 2024

The Premier League has named the officials for Newcastle United’s match against Manchester City.

Chris Kavanagh has been named referee for Newcastle United’s Premier League encounter against Manchester City at home on Saturday evening (kick-off 5:30pm).

When he officiated the 0-0 draw between Crystal Palace and Everton last week, the official from Ashton-under-Lyne was at the center of a tremendously contentious occasion.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin received a red card for a tackle on Nathaniel Clyne. VAR directed Kavanagh to revisit the decision after he initially waved play on. Despite slight contact, the Everton striker was sent off, much to Sean Dyche’s and the neutrals’ surprise.

“If you want to slow-mo everything, you have to slow-mo everything,” Dyche stated following the game. “There’s minor contact, and he [Kavanagh] doesn’t give anything in real time, so they slow it down and everything looks worse.”

“Every fan must be wondering, ‘What is the point?'” We all know the consequence will be that [the referees] will agree with what they are told. I don’t understand all this waiting and staring at the screen in the hope that they’ll turn it over. “What’s the point?”


Premier League]: Chris Kavanagh will take charge of Manchester City v.  Liverpool, Stuart Attwell on VAR duties. : r/LiverpoolFC
Chris Kavanagh


Calvert-Lewin’s three-match ban was successfully overturned after the Toffees challenged the red card. Despite the error, Kavanagh avoided dismissal and will officiate Newcastle’s match against Manchester City this weekend.

In September, Kavanagh started in goal for the Magpies in their 1-0 Carabao Cup win over City. He has overseen United’s defeats against AFC Bournemouth, Tottenham Hotspur, and Nottingham Forest since then.

Simon Bennett and Neil Davies will aid the 38-year-old. Peter Bankes and Simon Long are the VARs. The fourth official is Tim Robinson.


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