So far in his relatively short career as a referee, Jones has overseen three of Newcastle’s fixtures, being the club’s U21s’ Checkatrade Trophy win against Crewe Alexandra back in the 2017/18 season, the goalless draw with Oxford United in the FA Cup in January 2019 and, most recently, in the club’s 1-0 defeat to Brentford in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.
And, after the Premier League confirmed that Jones would be the man in the middle for Newcastle’s clash with Leicester this weekend, and, subsequently, Newcastle shared this information on Twitter, fans of the club flocked to have their say on the news, with many left furious by the appointment.
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So, what exactly did these Newcastle United fans have to say about Robert Jones’ appointment for the club’s fixture against Leicester City?
“Penalty Leicester City”
“Let’s hope @NUFC get more off him than we did at @BrentfordFC”
“He had a stinker in his last game.”
“This is the guy who didn’t spot that blatant foul by the keeper in the box during Burnley v Leeds.”
“I’ve never cared for referee announcements but this is a bit bizarre. Aren’t you meant to be taken out of the firing line for a few weeks after making a howler (or two)?”
“Ahh man he’s dreadful, got everything wrong in the Leeds Burnley match, EVERYTHING”
“Crazy that they just carry on as normal, one of the worst officials this league has seen for a long time”
All in all, it would appear that the vast majority of these Newcastle fans are not best pleased with the news that Jones will be taking charge of their next league fixture, with many highlighting the referee’s performance in his last match as the reason.