Tony Harrington, who was due to referee Saturday’s game against Bolton this Saturday, has been dropped by the EFL until further notice.
Harrington was involved in controversy on Wednesday evening as Newcastle United ran out 1-0 winners over Burton Albion in a Championship encounter at St James’ Park.
Assistant referee Matthew McGrath, who was due to run the line this weekend weekend, has also been removed from the fixture.
The PGMOL released the following statement regarding the penalty incident in the Newcastle versus Burton match:
“In the Championship game between Newcastle United and Burton Albion, referee Keith Stroud awarded Newcastle a penalty in the 29th minute. As Matt Ritchie took the kick, Dwight Gayle encroached in the penalty area.
“An indirect free kick was awarded to Burton, but the Laws of the Game state that that the penalty kick should have been retaken.
“Unfortunately, the referee has misapplied the Law. Keith and his team are understandably upset at the lapse in concentration and apologise for the mistake.”