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Newcastle United: Fans react to news that Chris Kavanagh will referee against Leeds

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Newcastle United fans have been reacting to news ahead of their clash in the Premier League this weekend.

This weekend represents a critical game for Newcastle. Having been held at home by Watford in their last outing, a result which left them still in the relegation zone, there can’t be many more slip-ups for them between now and the end of the season if they are to survive.

That all starts this weekend as they take on Leeds United in a game that you could argue is a relegation six-pointer given the Whites’ proximity to the drop, and it could well be a game that will come down to a referee’s decision.

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The Premier League has announced that Chris Kavanagh will be taking charge of the game at Elland Road, with Kevin Friend acting as VAR official.

Newcastle don’t exactly have the best record with Kavanagh as the man in the middle, with just six wins in the 17 games that he has been in charge of the Toon, alongside six draws and five defeats. So in a game that Newcastle arguably have to win, these aren’t the greatest stats to be looking at.

That is perhaps why there were a number of fans left rather annoyed when they saw the news flash across their timelines on Twitter when the club relayed the information, with some laying some pretty serious accusations on the league.

Although, given how the club have treated the league and referees recently, that may be of little surprise:

“Sign him up, probably the only way we will get anyone to change our results.”

“O you’re Kavanagh laugh”
“Doesn’t matter who refs the league hate us and tell them to give as many decisions against us as they can”
“Hates nufc… decisions prove it”
“Can our owners at #nufc just pay him off? Seems like the only way we can get a W”
“Another cheat? No doubt blind eyes will be turned when Leeds players commit fouls or commit sending off offences like last Saturday.”
“Announce relegation”

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Let’s just hope that Kavanagh and his officiating crew aren’t a major talking point after the game and that it all goes smoothly from a refereeing standpoint.

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