The Newcastle v Burton match on Wednesday night ended in a 1-0 home win but only after one of the most embarrassing refereeing mistakes of modern times.
The 29th minute saw a penalty awarded for a foul on Dwight Gayle (looked a very soft decision!) and the Matt Ritchie dispatched the penalty.
Fans celebrate, players celebrate….
Then, no, the referee appears to have decided not to give a goal.
Everybody in the crowd thinking, well if another player has gone in the box, it would have seen the penalty taken again, everybody knows that…
So surely it had to be something else – but what.
After around four minutes of arguments on the touchline, nobody in the crowd was any the wiser as the match eventually kicked off with a free-kick to Burton and no goal.
It didn’t half rouse the crowd though and provided the best atmosphere for some time!
Thankfully, Newcastle still won the match with a 68th minute goal from Matt Ritchie, how ironic.
However, after the game, the referees union, PGMOL, have released a statement confirming that the penalty was ruled out and no kick retaken BECAUSE none of the four officials knew the rules!!!
In the time the arguing was going on with Newcastle officials and players they could have googled it…
Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) Statement after the final whistle:
“In this evening’s EFL Championship game between Newcastle United and Burton Albion, referee Keith Stroud awarded Newcastle a penalty in the 29th minute.
“As Matt Ritchie took the kick, Dwight Gayle encroached in the penalty area.
“An indirect free-kick was awarded to Burton but the laws of the game state that the penalty kick should have been taken.
“Unfortunately the referee has misapplied the law.
“Keith and his team are understandably upset at the lapse in concentration and apologise for the mistake.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Burton 0
Newcastle: Ritchie 68
Possession was Burton 30% Newcastle 70%
Total shots were Burton 6 Newcastle 22
Shots on target were Burton 2 Newcastle 4
Corners were Burton 3 Newcastle 4
Referee: Keith Stroud
Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Atsu (Ameobi 89), Gayle (Murphy 90+1), Perez
Elliot, Gamez, Haidara, Gouffran, Hanley