Tim Howard blasts derby referee

Tim Howard blasts derby referee
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Tim Howard criticises referee Martin Atkinson for visiting both Merseyside rivals ahead of Saturday's clash.

Tim Howard has criticised referee Martin Atkinson for visiting both Everton and Liverpool before the Merseyside derby on Saturday.

The official went to the rivals' training camps in the run-up to the clash to talk to the players in a bid to avoid controversy on the pitch.

However, Everton's Jack Rodwell received a red card during Liverpool's 2-0 victory – the 20th red card in 39 Premier League meetings between the two.

"There were a few things the referee said he would clamp down on - none of which he did," Howard said.

"I don't know what the deal was bringing the referee to the clubs just three days before a game.

"It makes everyone a bit uneasy and it's probably not the best idea."

Everton have confirmed that they have launched an appeal to the Football Association against Rodwell's red card.

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