Haven’t we had enough bad luck for one week? Seemingly not, with the Premier League appointing Martin Atkinson as the referee for our upcoming Premier League clash against Queens Park Rangers.
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Atkinson has a fairly unenviable reputation among our supporters at present, having overseen our Merseyside derby draw with Everton – featuring Phil Jagielka’s late equaliser – and both defeats to Manchester United so far this season, with the latter including a controversial red card for captain Steven Gerrard.
His actions also went down badly among the Anfield faithful last season. Watch below as he fails to award Everton forward Kevin Mirallas so much as a yellow card, after this challenge against former Reds striker Luis Suarez:
His appointment is unlikely to brighten the mood of many a Liverpool supporter after a seven-day period which has already included a frustrating draw with West Bromwich Albion and Tuesday’s defeat to Hull City.
Here’s how supporters have reacted both today and in the past on social media:
Great. We got Martin Atkinson on Saturday as our referee against QPR. Maybe it’s a good thing that I have my SAT that morning…
— Guthrie Edson (@EdsonGuthrie) April 28, 2015
Martin Atkinson at Anfield. Yay.
— Peter Jeffery (@PeterJeffery7) April 27, 2015
Martin Atkinson has got to be the worst ref ever there should have been 40 mins added on time not 4
— KB SCFC (@mildredandora) April 25, 2015
Had the delight of watching Martin Atkinson referee today so actually Clattenburg ain’t that bad!
— Mrs Cromar Hewitson (@Tete_CRC) April 25, 2015
Martin Atkinson has given us NOTHING today – NOTHING.
— e-Sunderland (@e_sunderland) April 25, 2015
Martin Atkinson is shocking
— George Carney (@P6GWC_91) April 25, 2015
Martin Atkinson is a joke
— Steven Davison (@stevenjd90) April 25, 2015
Martin Atkinson is a very poor referee, unless you’re a Stoke fan…
— Ben Fraser (@Ben_Fraser_) April 25, 2015
Martin Atkinson ruins a game once again
— o (@DareToTaha) April 21, 2015
Fills you with optimism doesn’t it…?