Jonjo Shelvey received his marching orders during Newcastle's 1-0 loss to Everton.
Tottenham's poor form continued with a 1-1 draw against Watford.
Liverpool were knocked out of the EFL Cup after losing 2-0 on aggregate.
The Everton defender called Martin Atkinson "a little bit arrogant" after the Capital One Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City.
Martin Atkinson gave out six yellow cards and one red when Liverpool met Queens Park Rangers and is due to officiate at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.
Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar was far from impressed with the refereeing of Martin Atkinson, feeling he wasn't protected against Chile.
Two referees, Sunderland, Cardiff City and West Ham United feature in this week's villains series.
Liverpool had goal controversially disallowed after Luis Suarez was cynically impeded
The 41-year-old from Bradford has is tasked with the biggest fixture of the season at The Etihad and both sets of players will have bad memories of Atkinson in recent big matches. Is he the right choice by the FA?