April 24, 2024

The Premier League has confirmed the officials for Newcastle United’s match against Everton.
The Premier League has announced the match officials for Newcastle United’s game against Everton this evening (kickoff 7:30pm).

Eddie Howe’s team welcomes the Toffees to St James’ Park, looking to win back-to-back league games for the first time since December, with Tony Harrington in charge.

Harrington, whose grandpa played for Hartlepool United in the North East, is refereeing his first Magpies game since a 1-0 victory over Everton in October 2022, when Miguel Almiron scored.

Sean Dyche’s side, on the other hand, has had Harrington for three games this season, including a Carabao Cup win at Aston Villa, an FA Cup win at Crystal Palace, and a Premier League tie at Brighton and Hove Albion.

In January, Harrington officiated Crystal Palace’s 3-2 win over Sheffield United, where Blades boss Chris Wilder described his performance as ‘stupid’ and accused a linesman of a ‘total lack of respect’ for eating a sandwich in a post-match meeting.

“It’s yet again another ridiculous performance from the referee,” Wilder stated. “I was told by a Premier League referee I’ve known for a long time and who is as truthful as the day is long.” He stated that every 50/50 decision will be against you.

“We had two bookings in the first half of the game, but they were not reservations. They were just coming together.

“Their boy totally takes out our goalkeeper; we have to change goalkeepers, and the boy is not booked. He claims it was an accident, he clashed, and it makes no difference whether it is or is not an accident. It is a yellow card.

“We pick up four yellow cards, and they pick up one at the end for wasting time. They are taking a long time. Their game management was good, but they’re taking their time.


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“We talked to Howard Webb about speeding up the game and ensuring that officials had a handle on it, and he could hear the supporters’ dissatisfaction. He could see our guys’ displeasure.

“Every 50/50 or tight decision goes against us, and if that’s what we have to deal with from now until the end of the season, we’ll deal with it.

“But I’m not going to stay under the radar and say nothing. I went to see the referee and told him that.

“One of his assistants was eating a sandwich at the moment, which I thought showed a complete lack of respect. Hopefully he liked his meal while speaking with a Premier League manager.

The FA later fined Wilder £11,500 for statements that “imply bias and/or attack the integrity of the referee, or referees generally, and/or bring the game into disrepute”.

Harrington will be aided by Scott Ledger and Sian Massey-Ellis, with Michael Salisbury and Natalie Aspinall on VAR duty. Anthony Taylor is the fourth official.

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