English FA Slams Benitez With £60K Fine
Benitez was a former Liverpool gaffer. Image: BBC

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has been handed a £60,000 over his remarks about referee Andre Marriner.

Benitez in reply to Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, that he was not being protected by referees, noted that Marriner’s record “is not the best in terms of red cards.”

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The comment was regarded by the FA as improper conduct and/or bringing the game into disrepute.

“I am surprised because normally the FA deal with these comments. I have a lot of confidence with Andre Marriner,” Benitez said of Zaha and the referee.

“He has a lot of experience, even if his record with our players is not that great in terms of red cards. He is an experienced referee.

“Zaha is a good player, no doubt about that, but I think the FA have to deal with his comments. I think Andre Marriner will not have this in the back of his head.

“The way that he [Zaha] plays, normally, he will receive more tackles than other players because he likes to run at players. It won’t make any difference for our players.”

Newcastle United face Manchester United in their next game on Saturday.