Craig Pawson will referee Newcastle’s trip to Manchester United after coming under fire for allowing Christian Benteke’s ‘offside’ goal for Liverpool this week.
The 36-year-old was criticised for allowing the goal to stand in the 1-0 win against Bournemouth despite Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho appearing to contravene new rulings.
The new law states that a player is in an offside position if he attempts to ‘make an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball’ which Coutinho appeared to do.
Saturday’s clash with Manchester, will be Pawson’s second Newcastle game of the season. He was in charge for the Magpies’ season opener against Southampton and booked six players, including Newcastle’s Jack Colback and Aleksandar Mitrovic.