Premier League make Manchester United vs Newcastle United official decision after 'ridiculous' Anthony Gordon ban

The match officials for Manchester United vs Newcastle United have been confirmed by the Premier League.

The Premier League has confirmed the match officials for Manchester United versus Newcastle United this evening (kick-off 8pm).

Newcastle head to Old Trafford knowing a point will guarantee a top seven finish and see them finish above Man United for the first time in Premier League history.

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And overseeing the fixture is Robert Jones, who has officiated the Magpies on four occasions this season, including their 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Old Trafford in November and 1-0 victory at St James’ Park a month later.

His last match involving Newcastle was their recent 4-3 win over West Ham United where Jones awarded two penalties that Alexander Isak converted. He also sent off Anthony Gordon, who won both spot-kicks, for two yellow cards late on, a decision that annoyed the Magpies star.

“I tapped the ball away," said Gordon when asked about his second caution. "How far you want to look into that... it's incredible really.

“To get sent off for tapping a ball five yards. To be honest with you, I only think he booked me because he didn't know he'd booked me before. That's not good enough to be honest with you.

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“I don't want to complain about referees because they have a job to do. They are the rules so he's sticking to the rules and laws of the game but it's ridiculous really.”

Meanwhile, Jones has also refereed Man United four times this term. Asides from the two Newcastle defeats, Jones has been in charge for their 2-1 win at Aston Villa and their FA Cup semi-final penalty shootout victory over Championship side Coventry City.

Jones will be assisted by Ian Hussin and Lee Betts, while Jarred Gillett and Eddie Smart are on VAR duty. Keith Stroud is the fourth official.

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