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Are Newcastle United getting fair treatment from referees? Stats have the answer

5 years ago

All football supporters think they get the worst of decisions from match officials and Newcastle United fans are no different.

In the Premier League there is a perception that clubs at the top tend to get more of the important decisions and maybe a feeling that because referees are more in awe of better known players, sometimes they will get preferential treatment.

So what has been the case with Newcastle United, dropping down a level and being the big fish in the Championship.

Have NUFC got preferential treatment or have they been unfairly penalised with referees maybe looking to make a name for themselves?

Saturday’s match was an ideal example of football fans and their relationship with referees.

Newcastle fans were angry that Mitrovic was booked for nothing, then had to be withdrawn at half-time because Rafa Benitez felt he was very likely to get sent off because of the pressure on the referee.

Wolves supporters were outraged because with Mitrovic already on that yellow, the striker went in for a challenge just inside the box and caught their keeper, the referee choosing not to give the booking and subsequent red one.

Pundits and neutrals were pretty unanimous, the first booking definitely shouldn’t have happened and the second incident was a definite yellow.

Ironically, the referee accidentally arrived at the right outcome via two wrong decisions!

Obviously the debacle at Forest and the two red cards that were later rescinded, is a game that naturally sticks out – but what about the picture overall?

These are the cards Newcastle have picked  up so far this season:


9 Matt Ritchie

8 Isaac Hayden

7 Jack Colback, Paul Dummett

5 Yoan Gouffran

4 Jamaal Lascelles, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Jonjo Shelvey

3 Karl Darlow, Dwight Gayle, Ayoze Perez

2 Mohamed Diame, Grant Hanley , DeAndre Yedlin

1 Christian Atsu, Ciaran Clark, Daryl Janmaat, Matz Sels, Cheick Tiote


Vurnon Anita, Paul Dummett, Jonjo Shelvey (last two later rescinded)

This gives us a Newcastle United total: 68 yellow and 3 red

When it comes to the opposition teams in the same games: 72 yellow and 4 red

This does suggest that we are all guilty of just remembering what we want to and that until proper video help is going to be brought in, we have to accept that the idiots in the middle will get as many decisions wrong on both sides.

Also, you can hardly claim that Newcastle are a lightweight fancy dan team who aren’t going to pick up cards.

Newcastle certainly aren’t a dirty team but they are combative and get stuck in, the fact that a winger is top of our card colllectors and has nine yellows already, sums that up.

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