42 red cards, 672 yellows - here’s the lowdown on the man in charge at Newcastle

Newcastle's Cheick Tiote handles in the penalty area resulting in a penalty during the Capital One Cup, second round match at St James' Park, Newcastle.
Newcastle's Cheick Tiote handles in the penalty area resulting in a penalty during the Capital One Cup, second round match at St James' Park, Newcastle.

Andre Marriner will referee Newcastle’s home fixture against Arsenal on Saturday.

Latest statistics from the Premier League show that the West Midlands-based ref has issued 42 red cards and 672 yellow cards in his 204-match career.

It is the first time has taken charge of a Magpies’ match this season, although he was the man in the middle of three games last year - a home victory over Liverpool, a Capital One Cup quarter-final defeat at Tottenham, and a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

So far this season he has overseen just two games across the Premier League and Championship, issuing three yellow cards and no reds.

The 44-year-old began refereeing in 1992 when he was asked to stand-in for an official who did not turn up at a local league match, and he progressed through the ranks to become a Football League referee 11 years later.

Marriner’s first Premier League appointment came in November 2004 with a 4-0 victory for Charlton Athletic over Norwich City, and he took charge of the 2013 FA Cup final between Manchester City and Wigan at Wembley.

On Saturday at St. James’s Park, Marriner will be assisted by Darren Cann and Marc Perry, with Anthony Taylor the game’s fourth official.