Keith Stroud has lost the match he was due to referee this weekend.

Sky Sports report that their information is that the Newcastle v Burton blunder referee will no longer be officiating when Gillingham host Millwall on Saturday.

The broadcaster reports that Keith Stroud is believed to be still ‘distraught’ after his amazing basic mistake.

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 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 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 touchlines 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.

Whilst not excusing Keith Stroud, the two linesmen and the fourth official have to take an equal share of the blame, as any one of them could surely have put it right on the night.

With referees being full-time now at the higher levels, it would be a massive punishment to end somebody’s career completely because of one incident.

However, the authorities have been put in a tricky position due to such a basic but potentially costly mistake having been made.

Interesting to see how Keith Stroud (and the other three officials) are punished longer-term

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.”

***A further Sky Sports update – They state that they understand all four officials from the Newcastle v Burton match have been relieved of duties this coming weekend.



  • Rich Lawson

    So did none of the four officials know the correct resonse or did Stroud over rule them ? I think we should be told. He should be dropped for the rest of the season ,not just one game and sent back to ref’ school to learn the rule book ?

    • Taz

      Dropped out of a plane more like

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Along with Mike & Lee

    • Biggs Darklighter

      He should be finished. A promotion to the premier league was at stake here.

      • Jezza

        If he’d done it to the likes of Manchester or Chelsea he would be finished.

    • Kevin Brown

      Yes the fourth official was telling the ref he was wrong, but took no notice,

    • Jezza

      He should never referee again.

  • Scottpaige

    I can’t believe the other 3 couldn’t put him right. He’s been told surely and over ruled them. What a clown

  • Taz

    Unbelievable turn of events. Allegedly we have 4 officials, none of which know the rules, you see it time and time again players running into the box and nothing is done. They were a disgrace to their profession…… but he is sorry ( I suppose that makes it ok then.,, NOPE!!!) our stadium and fan base is obviously far to overwhelming for the little man in black. (SUNDAY league is maybe where he should be). They would dish out a real punishment for his performance!!!!!l

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    All 4 of them are idiots

    • Biggs Darklighter

      A 10 year old boy knows this rule. Not one of them would not know the rule.

  • Biggs Darklighter

    Complete cack. There is no way all 4 officials with the support of 50,000 spectators couldn’t work this one out. Anyone in football would be familiar with this rule, it happens all the time from school football up. This referee along with the idiot from the forest match earlier in the year should be under criminal investigation.

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Jose Mourinho would have spontaneously combusted if Man Utd had been on the wrong end of a mistake like this.

    • Jezza

      Can you imagine if this had happened to Manchester when Fergusson was in charge there? Quite simply it would have been the end of the referee’s career.

  • toonterrier

    Maybe Rafa should have given him a slap or if he wasn’t up to it I know someone who could do the job.

  • 1957

    Don’t know if anyone else has mentioned this but did he not also blunder after the Burton players received treatment for head injuries by not insisting they left the field of play until the game restarted, a stupid rule but the rule anyway…

    • Scottpaige

      Yea we were talking about that last night. Total numptys

  • TheTradge

    Quite right too, he made an absolute howler and must pay the price for his incompetence, I’m just glad it had no bearing on the ultimate result of the match.

  • GToon

    After such an error fancy putting a picture of him doing the dab.

  • 1957

    Keith Hackett’s take on this reported in the Chronicle sums it up, he says Stroud has made English referees a laughing stock. Perhaps a little harsh on Stroud, he’s merely the tip of the iceberg.

    I watched a sky programme with Neville and Carragher on referees and the one thing that stood out was the arrogance of the ‘top’ officials like Mike Dean, they admit mistakes in their coaching sessions but there are always mitigating circumstances.

  • Scott wood

    If you watch it on sky sports news there’s about 4 burton players ahead of Gayle

  • Paul Busby

    A lapse in concentration is when you put facecream on your toothbrush, not a five minute discussion on the sideline leading to the wrong decision.

    Get them stacking shelves in Tesco, then if they have a “lapse in concentration”, all that will happen is they mix the brown and white bread on the shelf.