Finding an official who has not been involved in any controversy where Liverpool are concerned becomes increasingly harder every week, and we won’t be the only club thinking that way.
But on Sunday, an official involved in the bizarre decision to confirm Mac Allister’s red card has been appointed to oversee the Reds for the second game in a row.
Hatzidakis was assistant VAR to Paul Tierney against Bournemouth, with the pair finding no clear and obvious error in referee Thomas Bramall’s decision to show a straight red to Liverpool’s No. 10.
The club swiftly appealed the decision and they will feel they have a strong case to overturn the three-match ban.
Hatzidakis’s appointment comes despite the contentious decision and Liverpool’s appeal, only adding to the dumbfounding start to the season for Premier League officials.
He will be assisting Stuart Attwell on VAR on Sunday, with the pair to support referee John Brooks as he oversees the match at St James’ Park.
Newcastle vs. Liverpool officials
- Referee: John Brooks
- Assistants: Lee Betts, Akil Howson
- Fourth official: Craig Pawson
- VAR: Stuart Attwell
- Assistant VAR: Constantine Hatzidakis
The referee was also the man in the middle in the last home game of 2022/23, when Cody Gakpo‘s goal was disallowed against Aston Villa and Tyrone Mings avoided a red card for his highboot on the No. 18.
Quite the team for Sunday’s match, then.