Controversial Lee Probert set to referee Newcastle United's FA Cup clash at Blackburn Rovers

Lee Probert is set to referee Newcastle United's FA Cup visit to Blackburn Rovers this evening - days after his Stadium of Light controversy.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 15 January, 2019, 14:10
Controversial Lee Probert set to referee Newcastle United's FA Cup clash at Blackburn Rovers

The 46-year-old, a Premier League accredited referee since 2007, was assigned to Sunderland's top-of-the-table clash with Luton Town in League One, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

However, his 12-years worth of experience at the top level was questioned on Saturday as Black Cats boss Jack Ross felt he got some big decisions wrong.

Ross suggested their was a foul on Maguire in a build-up to the visitors' equaliser from the penalty spot and believes neither deserved to be a red card.

"I don’t think either of them were a red card," said the Sunderland boss.

"I’m not saying he should have been sent off, I just thought Hylton should have been cautioned.

"Chris Maguire, the fourth official tells me he was sent off for a stamp, which he didn’t do.

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Probert is no stranger to Newcastle matches this term having refereed them on two occasions so far.

The South Gloucestershire official oversaw the Magpies' 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal in September before returning to St James's Park a month later.

And Benitez and co were perhaps a bit fortunate too, as Probert, dismissed a Cherries penalty appeal following a contentious tackle from Federico Fernandez on David Brooks.