Rafa Benitez has been charged by The FA.

The Newcastle United manager charged regarding comments he made last Friday (21 September).

The Spaniard was responding to Wilfried Zaha blatantly trying to influence match officials, having claimed he would have to break a leg before he got  proper protection.

This is despite more yellow cards being handed out for challenges on him in recent seasons, than any other Premier League player.

Ahead of the Palace match, Rafa Benitez spoke for us all. saying that surely The FA had to take action after Zaha’s comments.

The Newcastle manager declaring:

“He (Zaha) is a good player, no doubt about that, but I think the FA has to deal with his comments.

“I’m sure that Marriner will not have this in the back of his head.

“He has a lot of experience, even if his record is not the best in terms of red cards (against Newcastle), but I’m confident he is a very good referee with a lot of experience and he will deal with the situation in a normal way.”

Incredibly though, Tuesday afternoon has seen The FA charge Benitez instead!

The FA:

“Rafael Benítez has been charged following pre-match comments he made on Friday [21/09/18] about the appointed match referee for Newcastle United’s game against Crystal Palace on Saturday [22/09/18].

“He has until 6pm on 28 September 2018 to respond to the charge.”



  • Kenny


    • Cushty lad

      You shud apply. You’d pi## the entrance exam!

      • Kenny

        Crawl back into your bin, Vermin Troll

  • Waxi

    Compete bunch of idiots.

    • Geordiegiants

      Yeah 50,000 of them 😂🤣😂🤣😂. Only joking Waxi!!!

  • Billmag

    The FA stands for Failed Administration.

    • Big Hairy Man

      Or f****** @r$eh0les

  • Leazes.

    Good time to bring up the anomaly of red cards and penalties to the detriment of United?

    Strangely unbalanced…..

    ……could it be that we are targeted not only by London Journalists but also the London FA?

    • Steve Smith

      Wasn’t it 2014 we last had a man advantage in the premier league?

    • Ashley-out

      to true we are.

    • Dillon Tovak

      Refs are just sparing us the embarrassment of the inevitable penalty miss.

    • Hdeagle

      The majority of Premier League officials come from the North and Zaha did not name and shame like Rafa did with his direct comments aimed at Andrew Marriner.
      Zaha is targeted because he is too good for defenders to stop without fouling him and often these are lunging tackles that are dangerous and do deserve red cards, no player should have to fear for their safety and Rafa was out of order having a go at him for saying so.


      • Ron

        Name and shame “confident he is a very good referee with a lot of experience” ??
        Named but shamed, I think not.

  • BigHairyDog

    So it’s one law for Zaha and another for Rafa, one openly criticises referees and the other questions whether he was right to do so. The FA are the most corrupt organisation in football, they make UEFA and FIFA look clean.

    • Ron

      Yes it is, Zaha complained in effect the referees weren’t up to their job, Rafa on the other hand said he was confident he is a very good referee with a lot of experience.

      If you get charged for praising a referee specifically, but not, if you just slag them off generally than that’s it – illogical rubbish.

      FA need to sort themselves out perhaps Ashley’s PR can help?

  • Ashley-out

    They should charge themselves with bringing the game into disrepute, for 50 years

    • Peaky

      👏👏👏 Best comment of the night….

  • spotter 1266

    In fairness, Rafa has tried (successfully) to influence the ref with his comments. Zaha should also be charged as well though.

    • Carverlier football

      Alex Ferguson would’ve been charged every week under those circumstances…

  • Wor Lass

    It`s a storm in a tea cup. The FA have told managers this year not to name referees in their comments before matches (and after?). Rafa has so he`s been charged. Big deal.

    • JohnnyH

      Can they say Jehovah? 😄

      • Carverlier football

        Stone him!!! Stone JohnnyH!!!

      • Wor Lass

        No, just YHWH!

  • Leicester Mag

    Well Mr Chumley Warner we can’t have any foreign oik question the ability of our glorious referees. Fine him 2 guineas that will teach him.

  • Alreet

    Youve been charged with saying nasty things about our little lad. Now apologise but take the fine.

    Refs are worse than the snowflake (needs protection) wingers. They get dogs abuse on the pitch but god forbid a manager even question the way they look at a challenge. Cant defend ur own corner anymore. They are all above reproach.


  • Mrkgw

    Wonder if Zaha will face charges for his part? Disgusting behaviour by the FA. The stuffy establishment wouldn’t levy similar were this Man U.

  • magpiefifer

    How many times has ‘Moaninho’ got away with far worse comments!?
    The FA are an embarrassment – a bunch of high-minded ignorami.Rafa was well within his right to say what he did – this is the UK, not Russia or North Korea ffs!!!

    • porciestreet

      And guess who’s up for election as the new Chair…..?
      Tony f*****g Blair.

      • Dillon Tovak

        God help us.

      • magpiefifer

        The same idiot who said he was a Toon supporter!!?
        Another lie from Bliar.

  • Have never seen anything like this – SHOCKING!

    • Dave Pattinson

      Alex Ferguson used this.tactic for years and got away with it. Whats new? The FA have always been selective in their choice of who to charge. Useless gits.

      • Dillon Tovak

        They’re not useless, they’re corrupt.

  • Chris-Chapple

    Never had time for the FA, EUFA or FIFA, all bent as a boomerang

  • drc74

    wr’ll investigate a managers coments, but not a fat a fat slug who is bilking money from the club at an alarming rate, just to help the little wxnk pellet toonraider out

    bilk mo ey:1 obtain or withhold money from (someone) unfairly or by deceit; cheat or defraud.

  • Lewis SG

    Rafa said that to counter Zaha and Zaha isn’t charged but Rafa is? Bunch of w#nkers.

  • porciestreet

    The FA is and always has been “Totally unfit for purpose”

  • Dutch

    “He has a lot of experience, even if his record is not the best in terms of red cards (against Newcastle), Rules are Rules. A world class manager is not exempt from making comments before matches. Reality.

    • Dillon Tovak

      What does your comment mean?

  • Mike

    Id slap his leg naughty naughty

  • Ron

    If Rafa is being charged for saying:

    Marriner …. has a lot of experience, …… I’m confident he is a very good referee with a lot of experience …

    Then maybe they need to look at their referees to get poor ones with no experience – it seems that must be what they had wantedd to be said.

    It’s like a policeman being charged for catching a shoplifter.