After his astonishing blunder in the Newcastle v Burton match on Wednesday 5 April, Keith Stroud was relieved of his refereeing duties last weekend.
He was due to referee Gillingham v Millwall on Saturday but instead was stood down.
When announcing he wouldn’t be refereeing last weekend, Sky Sports reported that Keith Stroud was still ‘distraught’ after his amazing basic mistake. Fourth official Tony Harrington also lost his match last weekend, as did the two linesmen from the Burton match.
Sky Sports saying a Referee Union’s (PGMOL) source told them:
“It’s not a case that he (Keith Stroud) doesn’t know the rules. Simply put, he had a lapse in concentration.”
The Newcastle v Burton match last 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 and then Matt Ritchie dispatched the penalty, only for the referee to decide not to give a goal.
After around four minutes of arguments on the touchline the match eventually kicked off with a free-kick to Burton and no goal.
However, after the game, the referees union, PGMOL, released a statement (see below) confirming that the penalty was ruled out and no kick retaken BECAUSE none of the four officials knew the rules, despite the vast majority of the crowd and certainly the Newcastle players/management leaving them in no doubt as to the error.
No official word from the authorities but this weekend (and Easter Monday) has seen no games allocated to the four officials once again. Keith Stroud, Tony Harrington and the two linesmen (David Avent and Matthew McGrath) all left twiddling their thumbs on one of the busiest weekends of the year for football.
Obviously there is an unofficial/secret punishment being implemented and so we await with interest to see how long it lasts, plus whether Keith Stroud is seen as more to blame than the other three, or whether they equally carry the can.
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.”