Ashley Barnes Believes Premier League Referees Want Clarets Relegated
Burnley Football centre-forward Ashley Barnes says that referees “want us gone” from the Premier League. The Clarets who sit one place above the relegation zone will retain their Premier League status if they beat Newcastle United at Turf Moor in the final game of the season. Michael Jackson side are currently level on points with Leeds United but have a better goal difference.
Speaking about Clarets in the top flight of English football Ashley Barnes said, “In recent seasons people look at us and think we’re a hard team, being ugly. No disrespect, I think people, even referees, want us gone from the Premier League.”
Burnley have had sixty-seven yellow cards in the Premier League this season, the seventh most, plus two red cards. Ashley Barnes also claimed that referees “buy into” the Clarets reputation which has shown in the past two games against Tottenham on Sunday, where they lost 1-0 and the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Thursday. At Spurs, a penalty was given against Barnes for handball after a VAR review.
Barnes added, “The whole situation when referee Kevin Friend goes to the screen at the weekend, Tottenham played on, they missed a great opportunity and everyone goes to set up for a goal-kick, but then there’s VAR, it’s like, ‘What?’
Then he’s smiling when he comes away and no one can speak to him. Even at Villa Park we can’t speak to Paul Tierney. Go and check the screen, that’s what it’s for. We just need consistency throughout the decisions.”
When Burnley play Newcastle on Sunday, Leeds United are at Brentford and Barnes said his team “just have to stay calm, stay positive and concentrate on ourselves”. We’ve got it in our hands to win it at the weekend. We’ve got a good group, an experienced group who know how everything works in terms of game management in these situations and hopefully we can get it over the line.”