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Andre Marriner will referee Arsenal v. Manchester United


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Leicester City v Everton - Premier League
Andre Marriner talks to Ryan Giggs, probably
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I am not one to blame referees for losses. I am, however, one who remembers bad referees - they burn into my brain like the sun burns your retinas when you stare directly at it. I will admit I’m not as versed in bad Premier League refereeing as I am in bad MLS refereeing, but I know a couple Premier League refs that I don’t really care for, and every time I see them on the schedule it just makes my heart sink.

Speaking of which:

Yup. Andre Marriner, the guy who couldn’t tell a Kieran Gibbs from an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and, more recently, the guy who cost Arsenal three points against Stoke in August when he did not call a clear Kurt Zouma hand ball in the area, which, when combined with his assistant getting an offside call wrong, denied Arsenal two legitimate goals on the day, is going to be in charge on Saturday.

While Marriner’s not the worst referee in the league, he’s definitely in the conversation. Hopefully he won’t add to that conversation on Saturday.