Paul Tierney has been appointed as the referee for the next Leeds United game against Sheffield United on Sunday, and it’s left some fans fearing the worst.
The Premier League announced that Tierney would be the match official in charge of Leeds’ third Premier League game. The linemen are Ian Hussin and Harry Lennard, with Chris Kavanagh in charge of VAR.
One Leeds fan, Jo Bedford, said that Tierney is a Wigan supporter who presided over two defeats for the Whites in the 16/17 season.
The last was Brighton away where he sent Kalvin Phillips off and awarded the home side two penalties as Leeds lost 2-0.
The referee for the away game v Sheff Utd on Sunday will be Wigan supporter Paul Tierney. The Lancashire ref last took charge of Leeds in the 16/17 season. We lost both games that season. The last v Brighton away. He booked 2 and sent Kalvin off before half time….#lufc pic.twitter.com/sTtg7l1f7M
— Jo Bedford 🐾 (@El_Loco_Jo) September 22, 2020
Leeds fans also have more recent history with Tierney.
He was in charge of VAR for the first game of the season against Liverpool when he confirmed a very harsh penalty for the Reds’ opening goal.
The ball deflected off Robin Koch’s leg and onto his arm, with Keith Hackett and Jamie Carragher saying it shouldn’t have been awarded.
One fan said that Leeds “always have it up against us” while another said, “They keep digging up old friends for us.”
Tierney has officiated in 81 Premier League games and awarded 241 yellow cards. He was in charge of Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Chelsea this season where he sent off Andreas Christensen.
One fan said he thought it would be penalties galore in Sunday’s game and predicted a 4-4 draw with two endings off. That would certainly keep up Leeds’ reputation as Premier League entertainers.
Here are the best reactions from Leeds fans…
Pens all round then like our first two games. I reckon it’ll be 4-4 and all 8 goals will be pens, 2 sendings off
— TONE (@TONE_rsd) September 22, 2020
Can’t wait 😂😂
— Dean Ryan (@TippRyan1) September 22, 2020
And so after the doom & gloom goodnight
— dukegeoff49 (@dukegeoff49) September 22, 2020
Always have it up against us……we just move forward…..thanks for the info Jo 👍
— Paul Brace 🏆 (@paulbrace66) September 23, 2020
Soft pen and red guaranteed.
— Arron Richmond (@ArronRichmond) September 22, 2020
He’s one of the worst refs around is this one
— Sean Sturman (@SaintSturman) September 22, 2020
The keep digging up old friends for us dont they!
— Graham (@Charley11111111) September 23, 2020
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