Premier League make Newcastle United & Everton official decision after 'ridiculous' claim

Referee Tony Harrington will oversee Newcastle United v Everton. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Referee Tony Harrington will oversee Newcastle United v Everton. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Referee Tony Harrington will oversee Newcastle United v Everton. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) | Getty Images
The officials for Newcastle United v Everton have been confirmed by the Premier League.

The Premier League has confirmed the match officials for Newcastle United versus Everton this evening (kick-off 7:30pm).

Eddie Howe's side welcome to the Toffees to St James' Park hoping to claim back-to-back league wins for the first time since December and overseeing the fixture is Tony Harrington.

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Harrington, whose grandfather played for North East counterparts Hartlepool United, is officiating his first Magpies fixture since overseeing their 1-0 win over Everton in October 2022 when Miguel Almiron scored.

Referee Tony Harrington will oversee Newcastle United v Everton. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Referee Tony Harrington will oversee Newcastle United v Everton. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Referee Tony Harrington will oversee Newcastle United v Everton. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Sean Dyche's side, however, have had Harrington for three of their matches this season, including the Carabao Cup win away to Aston Villa, the FA Cup win against Crystal Palace and the Premier League draw at Brighton and Hove Albion.

In January, Harrington officiated Crystal Palace's 3-2 win over Sheffield United, where Blades manager Chris Wilder labelled his performance as 'ridiculous' and accused a linesman of a 'complete lack of respect' for eating a sandwich in a post-match meeting

"It's yet again another ridiculous performance from the referee," said Wilder. "I was told by a Premier League referee, who I've known for a long time and who's as honest as the day is long. He said every 50-50 decision will go against you.

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"We had two bookings in the first half of the game but they weren't bookings. They were just a coming together.

"Their boy absolutely takes our goalkeeper out, we have to change goalkeepers and the boy doesn't get booked. He says it was an accident, he clashed, it makes no odds if it's an accident or it's not an accident. It's a yellow card.

"We pick up four yellow cards, they pick up one at the death for time wasting. They're taking an age. Their game management was good, but they're taking an age.

"We talked with Howard Webb about speeding the game up and making sure that referees have got a grip on that and he could hear the frustration for the supporters. He could see our frustration from our players.

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"Every 50/50 or tight decision goes against us and if that's what we're going to have to deal with between now and the end of the season, we're going to deal with it.

"But I'm not just going to go under the radar and not say anything. I've been to see the referee and I've told him that.

"One of his assistants was eating a sandwich at the time, which I thought was a complete lack of respect. Hopefully he enjoyed his sandwich while he was talking to a Premier League manager."

Wilder was later fined £11,500 by the FA as his comments "imply bias and/or attack the integrity of the referee, or referees generally, and/or bring the game into disrepute".

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

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