Rafa Benitez has been charged with ‘bringing the game into disrepute’ by The FA.
The charge relating to comments he made about the referee appointed for the game at St James Park.
Andrew Madley, a Huddersfield fan, was appointed to take charge of the crucial Newcastle v Preston game, with at the time Huddersfield a realistic threat to Newcastle getting automatic promotion.
Rafa Benitez saying at the time:
“I was really surprised with that situation.
“We have to trust the referees.
“We have not had a lot of luck with them.
“I always trust the referees and hopefully everything will be fine and we are not talking about the referees at the end of the game.
“We were asking (the EFL on whether they could make a change) and they say that they are happy with it and we have to carry on.
“We don’t have any problem. We will do our best to avoid a situation that nobody will understand.
“We are not complaining about the referees in Press conference, or interviews, or whatever.
“In Spain this thing doesn’t happen when you have a referee from a city that is more or less close in the table.
“Normally they don’t referee those games.”
Official Newcastle United Statement:
‘Rafa Benitez has been charged with misconduct in respect of comments he made about the appointed match referee, prior to Newcastle United’s game against Preston North End on Monday, 24th April 2017.
It is alleged his comments were improper and/or brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3(1).
He has until 6pm Tuesday, 9th May 2017 to respond to the charge.’
With the amateurish way The FA go on AND the shocking ineptness of so many match officials this season, there is a delicious irony in it being Rafa Benitez charged with ‘bringing the game into disrepute’, rather than match officials who don’t even know the basic rules (Burton match).