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Burnley forward Ashley Barnes claims Premier League referees want the Clarets to get relegated

Burnley striker Ashley Barnes claims Premier League referees ‘want the Clarets gone’… and cites their ‘ugly’ reputation as an incentive to see them relegated to the Championship

  • Ashley Barnes says Premier League referees want to see Burnley relegated
  • The striker referred to their ‘ugly’ style as an incentive to see them demoted.
  • In particular, Barnes was frustrated with a penalty given to Tottenham last week.

Burnley Forward Ashley Barnes believes his team suffers from their “ugly” reputation and thinks even the referees want to see them relegated.

The club’s future in the Premier League is at stake today: they will stand if they beat Newcastle, and Barnes says there won’t be many tears if they fail.

“In the last few seasons, people look at us and think we’re a tough team, that we’re ugly,” he said. No disrespect to him, I think people, even referees, want us out of the league.’

Ashley Barnes has claimed that the Premier League referees want to see Burnley relegated

Ashley Barnes has claimed that the Premier League referees want to see Burnley relegated

Barnes was frustrated with referee Kevin Friend’s decision to award Spurs a penalty in last week’s 1-0 loss at Tottenham.

Friend consulted the pitch monitor after a VAR review and was seen smiling as he pointed to the spot. The whole situation when [Friend] It goes on screen at the weekend, Tottenham are still playing, they missed a big chance and everybody is going to get ready for a goal kick, but then there’s VAR, it’s like, what? Then he’s smiling as he leaves and no one can talk to him.

If Mike Jackson manages to keep Burnley in the Premier League, he may still be looking for a new job on Monday.

Jackson has been kept in the dark about where his future lies after being promoted from Under-23 coach to caretaker manager following Clarets chairman Alan Pace’s decision to fire Sean Dyche with just eight games remaining.

Barnes protests with official Kevin Friend after conceding a penalty against Tottenham

Barnes protests with official Kevin Friend after conceding a penalty against Tottenham

With previous managerial experience at Shrewsbury and Tranmere, Jackson won three, drew two and lost two of his seven games in charge to knock the club out of the bottom three.

But even if they stay awake, Jackson, 49, has so far had no discussions about his future with Pace.

“We haven’t talked about it,” he said. We haven’t had time to even think about that. I haven’t looked at what I’m going to do next and what’s going to happen, my entire focus has been trying to achieve [Premier League] survival.

Let’s cross our fingers that everything goes as we want it to happen and we will have a good Monday. But I don’t know what I’ll do.

When asked if he wanted the job permanently, he said, “All my thoughts have been on how we can accomplish what we want to do.”

The Clarets host Newcastle in their final game of the season as they look to secure survival.

The Clarets host Newcastle in their final game of the season as they look to secure survival.

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