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Referees in Leeds and Rotherham controversies promoted to Premier League.



The referees who were involved in issues at Leeds United and Rotherham United earlier this week are scheduled to work Premier League games this weekend.

Leeds were denied a penalty against Sunderland in midweek, despite Black Cats midfielder Luke O’Nien handling in the box. The decision was made more difficult to swallow by Leeds’ failure to break through in the 0-0 tie.

Tim Robinson, the referee at the center of the issue, is scheduled to supervise Newcastle United’s lunchtime meeting with Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow (April 13). This will be Robinson’s fourth time in command of a Newcastle game this season.

Rotherham also felt unjustly treated in midweek, when Millers defender Lee Peltier was ruled to have handled the ball inside the area while being outside it. West Bromwich Albion were granted a penalty, which John Swift converted to secure a 2-0 victory.

The choice perplexed Millers manager Leam Richardson, who insisted on no apologies. Speaking after the game, he stated, “It was a bad decision in my opinion.” It altered the overall outcome of the game. The first goal we gave up was horrible, but I believe the second one transformed the entire complex.

“We’ve had several such decisions and apologetic letters, but I’m not interested in that. You can’t make such decisions wrong.”

The call was made by the man in the middle, Geoff Eltringham, who is also scheduled to play in the Premier League this weekend. He has been designated as the fourth official for Burnley’s match against Brighton & Hove Albion.




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