The Professional Game Match Board has denied Howard Webb has been dropped from the Premier League fixture next weekend because he had a bad game while in charge of the Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle and Sunderland.
Webb will be joined by his World Cup Final assistants Darren Cann and Mike Mullarkey in taking charge of Colchester United’s game against Shrewsbury next weekend, prompting claims he had been punished for making mistakes at St James’ Park last Sunday.
Webb and his officials were criticised for ruling out Papiss Cisse’s ‘goal’ for Newcastle when Sunderland were 1-0 up, while they were also believed to have missed a Sunderland penalty appeal for a shirt-pull on Danny Graham.
Sunderland also felt hard done by that Yoan Gouffran was not sent off for a dangerous challenge.
However, a PGMOL spokesman told the Daily Telegraph: “Howard Webb did not have a bad game at the weekend and he certainly hasnÔÇÖt been punished.
“This game was chosen for him weeks ago and has nothing at all to do with the Newcastle game. People have not checked this out with us, put two and two together and decided to draw their own conclusion.”
While Webb has been demoted, fellow referee Chris Foy, who missed Sergio Aguero’s two-footed lunge on David Luiz during the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, will take charge of QPR against Stoke.