Rafa Benitez has called for the FA to review Wilfried Zaha’s comments he would have to break his leg before anyone gets a red card for fouling him.
The Newcastle manager insists he has faith referee Andre Marriner will not let Zaha’s comments affect his judgement when he officiates their game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Sky Sports News has been told Premier League match officials will not change the way they referee incidents involving Zaha, despite his passionate plea for protection.
Benitez said he was “surprised” by Zaha’s comments.
“He’s a good player no doubt about that but I think the FA has to deal with his comments,” said Benitez. “I’m sure that Marriner will not have this in the back of his head.
“He has a lot of experience, even if his record is not the best in terms of red cards, but I’m confident he is a very good referee with a lot of experience and he will deal with the situation in a normal way.”