Loads of Leeds United fans have been reacting on social media, after it was shared that Tony Harrington will referee Saturday’s Championship clash with Wigan Athletic.
The English Football League have confirmed the match official appointments for this weekend’s round of fixtures, which will see Marcelo Bielsa’s league-leading Whites host Paul Cook’s 22nd-placed Latics at Elland Road.
Leeds beat Wigan 2-0 the last time our two sides met, with a brace from Patrick Bamford enough to leave the DW Stadium with all three points and our fifth win in all competitions over the Greater Manchester outfit.
Assistants Timothy Wood and Matthew McGrath will join Harrington in ruling over our 15th meeting with Wigan in club history, while Tom Nield will be the fourth official.
Do Leeds need to be cautious with Harrington in the middle?
Harrington has officiated 11 Leeds fixtures in the past, most recently our 3-3 draw with Cardiff City on December 14.
The Cleveland-resident brandished one yellow card during the match as well as awarding one penalty kick, coming after Bluebirds ‘keeper Neil Etheridge was adjudged to have fouled Bamford.
Harrington also somewhat controversially did not award United a penalty in the 24th-minute when Helder Costa went down under contact from Joe Bennett.
No official in the Championship has awarded more penalties than Harrington this season, as Saturday’s referee has given ten over 17 games – four referees are joint-second having awarded five.
Harrington has also shown 46 yellow cards and three straight reds over the 17 second-tier matches he has overseen this term, and no official in the Championship has sent more players off than he.
While Harrington last refereed one of our matches in December, he was in attendance as we beat Millwall 3-2 on Tuesday night having been the fourth official for the clash.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to the pre-Wigan update of Harrington being named as the referee…
Oh great hate him already .
— Denise shepherd 💙💛 (@gemma07) January 30, 2020
— Rhys Wrigglesworth (@rhyswriggleswo1) January 29, 2020
— James Jaffray (@jaffacakes1984) January 29, 2020
I hope he has a pair of specs that work his eyes better than in the Millwall game.
— keith bury (@Buzz510Bury) January 30, 2020
— ¥ (@aitchforty) January 29, 2020
🙄🙄🙄 oh no not again
— kev 64💙💛 (@kev64uk) January 29, 2020
In all fairness he gave us a penalty in the end at Cardiff for a softer foul than when Costa was fouled. Swings and roundabouts with referees. Clearly likes to give penalties so Leeds will need to try and avoid stupid needless tackles #MOT
— Jake Andrew Foster (@JakeFoster1992) January 30, 2020
How is this even allowed!?!
— SOPHIE LUFC 💙💛 (@LilyZach22) January 30, 2020
Penalty for Wigan then.🙄🤦♂️
— andrew V2 (@V2Andrew) January 29, 2020
In other Leeds United news, a rarely seen player has been offered a chance to leave Elland Road and join a Europa League outfit.