Liverpool's Benitez and Hull's Brown were both the victims of contentious judgements during defeats for their sides last weekend but the two under-fire bosses weren't the only ones to suffer the consequences as referees Lee Mason and Mike Jones have been removed from the middle at all levels.
Liverpool, who had two players sent off by Mason at Fulham, are appealing against the dismissal of Philipp Degen having also considered contesting Jamie Carragher's red card in the 3-1 defeat.
What do you mean, red card? Liverpool's Jamie Carragher (C) can't believe Lee Mason is about to send him off.
. while Philipp Degen is equally as perplexed
Hull, beaten 2-0 at Burnley, have no recourse to appeal over Geovanni's sending-off for two yellow cards. The Brazilian had earlier had a goal controversially disallowed while Burnley's penalty opener was also considered a faulty call by Jones, the man at the centre of Sunderland's 'beach ball goal' against Liverpool a fortnight earlier.
From referee to judge: Lee Mason will sit on the bench after being demoted for this weekend's matches
Mason and Jones have both been relegated to fourth official duties in the top flight this weekend. At one time errant referees were temporarily dropped to a lower level but Football League complaints against that policy then led to a system of 'benching' them.
Professional Game Match Officials routinely punish officials for high-profile errors and action was swift yesterday following an examination of a weekend programme that produced nine red cards in the Premiership.
Liverpool's hope to have Degen cleared at today's appeal hearing.
The Swiss midfielder was shown a straight red card for a foul on Clint Dempsey that most experts viewed as a cautionable offence at worst.
There were also protests over Carragher's dismissal for checking a run by Bobby Zamora that denied a goalscoring opportunity.
While the foul looked less than blatant on replays, Liverpool have decided it would be difficult to defend especially as there was no doubt about Zamora being through on goal.
Hull, whose struggle for Premiership survival has put Brown under threat, had reason to be even more aggrieved over the circumstances of their defeat at Turf Moor.
But how can you give that? Hull City's Kamel Ghilas appeals to Mike Jones after he awarded a penalty against Burnley
Cheerio Geo: Mike Jones shows Geovanni the red card at Turf Moor
Brown's side fell behind to a soft penalty and were denied an equaliser for an alleged minor infringement in the wall when Geovanni arrowed in a free-kick. The Brazilian was then dismissed following a routine foul.
The fact that both Brown and Benitez were conspicuously restrained in their comments about the officials afterwards has been noted with appreciation by refereeing chiefs. They have honoured a pledge to managers to make officials accountable.
A further appeal to the FA today concerns a yellow card picked up by Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock in their 1-1 draw at Everton. Warnock is claiming mistaken identity on the part of referee Lee Probert.
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This weekend's biggest game goes to Martin Atkinson, who takes charge of Sunday's Stamford Bridge clash between Chelsea and Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Attwell, famous for awarding Reading a 'Phantom Goal' at Watford despite the ball going four yards wide at Vicarage Road 14 months ago, is moving back up the pecking order.
Attwell, 26, has been appointed to Manchester City v Burnley on Saturday.
He became the youngest-ever Premier League ref in August last year but has proved a controversial figure, attracting criticism from the likes of Benitez, Steve Bruce and Wolves after his handling of the 1-1 draw at Everton last month in which he sent off Stefan Maierhoffer and allowed an Everton goal to stand despite an apparent foul on an opponent in the build-up.
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