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

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Atsu (Ameobi 89), Gayle (Murphy 90+1), Perez

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Gamez, Haidara, Gouffran, Hanley

Crowd: 48,814

  • roundball

    Another DUD referee. One of many in this league.

  • Jimblag23


  • GToon

    I’m still waiting for things to “even themselves out” after that clown in charge of the Forest game.

  • Scottpaige

    Shameful officials have been shocking all season. This is just unreal. 4 officials and not one has a clue.

    • 1957

      It’s one of the basic rules everyone learns as a kid

      • Scottpaige

        Just unreal I still can’t believe between 4 of them they couldnt put it right

  • Jezza

    This beggars belief. I am absolutely dumbfounded. I knew that a penalty should be re-taken in these situations when I was a 6 year old kid kicking a ball round the playground. These so called professional officials should all be sacked immediately.

    • Scottpaige

      This capped it off tonight with the standards of numptys in charge of this league.

  • Blackburn1066

    If after that pen it was still 0-0 at full time would we have been given the goal that was taken from us?

    • 1957

      I heard on the radio coming home, this happened to the England, women’s U19 team in the last minute of a qualifying game, and they were eliminated. UEFA felt the mistake was so serious they ordered the last minute to be played again from the penalty, England scored and qualified. Who knows what the FA would have done in the face of that precedent…probably nothing.

  • Kneebotherm8

    The ref is upset at his,and his teams,lack of concentration in applying the laws of the football game? Is it April the First, cos, if not,one of the four of his team of fkn plonkers should have alerted him to the fkn fact that no decision in the history of the game has been made in this way. They should all be sacked for gross incompetence for a decision that could have had far reaching implications if Newcastle hadn’t recovered those three points. Fkn disgraceful,unprecedented,decision.

    • alex carr

      You your right a Sunday league ref would be to embarrassed to show his face this bloke has refed the top two leagues of our game. untenable from now on surely.

  • alex carr

    Laurel and Hardy would be harsh to the comics.

  • SH.ER

    keith Stroud will live to regret it
    English refereeing EXPOSED again …

  • Toon Army AZ

    Time for Mr. Stroud to update his CV.

    • Scottpaige

      What to imcompantant numpty?. Unreal. He had plenty time to think about it and change it. I’ve heard from someone close to touchline that the 4th official told him he was wrong but was having none of it.

  • nevfur

    That was no “lapse in concentration”. It was rank incompetence. Unbelievable that none of the other 3 officials knew the rules to point it out either.
    3 mins added time too??? Surely that was also wrong.

  • GToon

    Does anybody really think for one minute that him and his team actually are upset? Upset to me is driving home in a temper, sitting in the dark for hours unable to speak because of that ridiculous decision. Now I doubt very much if he is that upset. Concerned maybe. Concerned enough to leave it until York before he dares stop for petrol and that’s about how “upset” he is. I’m sure he will sleep perfectly well. Now I’d much rather hear about what is going to happen to Keith and his team. Perhaps if they were to lose some money or their status as officials then that actually would actually upset them. And make me feel a lot better at the same time.

    • S.G.M.

      What do you mean? “Stop in York” He lives in Sunderland.

      • GToon

        Does he? Thought he’s from Bournemouth and is a Luton fan so assumed he was the usual southerner who dislikes NUFC.

  • tony brotherton

    The Refs union “statement” makes no mention of the fact that Stroud spent a good 5 mins discussing HIS decision with the 4th official who was trying to tell him he was wrong. but the Ref has the last say. All in all a complete shambles from Stroud. He simply reflects the abysmal standard of referring in this league. too arrogant to admit he had got it wrong . i am not sure he would have got out of St James park intact if Richie hadn’t scored a peach. Jesus we need some competence v Leeds

  • HappyToons

    “When we sat in the dressing room after the match I remember chatting to one of my linesman, John Morley, when this police officer turns up. ‘You’d better hang on here a while, Trelford,’ he says. ‘There are 2,000 Geordies outside and they all want your autograph.’”
    Eventually Mills and his assistants were given a police escort away from the stadium.”

    Who remembers that one!!!

    • Geordiegiants

      He swore he was correct in his decisions though. That baffoon last night should be sacked for gross misconduct.

      • Leazesl Ender

        What’s a ‘baffoon’ ?

        • Geordiegiants

          Take a long hard look in the mirror, and it will come to you I’m sure. Or sorry am I making a simple mistake there as well?

          • Leazesl Ender


    • Jezza

      Yes I remember both outrages at the hands of Trelford Mills, the referee who gave bar stewards a bad name. The cup replay with Brighton in 83 and also the league game against Manchester in 86.

    • Bleeding Black & White

      I’ll never forget his name!

  • Pd

    It happened in 2015 England Women u19 v Norway. Match was replayed from time of spot kick referees error.
    Previously it had happened in 2005 in a World Cup qualifier when whole game was made to be replayed and the team who were wronged actually ended up losing the replay after winning original tie.
    Can we not have Nigel Owens refereeing football instead of rugby.

    • Paul Busby

      So there is precident for enforcing a replay regardless of the result?

      I hope not, they should just sack the fool as publicly as possible and move on…

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    It’s bad enough that the referee doesn’t know the laws of the game, but for the other officials not to correct him is stupendous.

    Does video technology actually make any difference when such ignorance reigns?

    • Paul Busby

      Reports are saying the fourth official tried, and was overruled.

      • Bleeding Black & White

        That makes it even worse and shows how aloof the ref was. His attitude was “I’m in charge and won’t listen to a word you’re all saying!”

    • Kneebotherm8

      It’s not stupendous,it’s fkn horrendous. Just glad it didn’t cost us the points in the end, and it certainly got the crowd fired up.

  • Geordiegiants

    This is the championship.
    These are championship referees, the decisions all season have been nothing short of appalling, not just for us but for everyone. It’s a disgrace and no wonder there is no money down here, as if these desicions were made in the premier league it would be bankrupt.

  • Sid James

    What a Carry On.

    • Wor Lass

      ….. up the creek without a paddle!

      • Bleeding Black & White

        I think that they forgot the canoe!

  • S.G.M.

    The Newcastle fans have only themselves to blame for that debacle last night, the riotous, pressure cooker of a crackling cauldron, that the fans create in S.J.P. That poor man, to have to endure 90mins of that, is beyond me. Whatever must his mum think.

  • Leazesl Ender

    It wasn’t a ‘momentary’ lapse in concentration …… it took them all five minutes to come to a conclusion….

    • Bleeding Black & White

      Yeah and only three minutes was added, so they can’t work out how a watch works, on top of not knowing the rules!

      • Kneebotherm8

        Yeah,they’re Mickey Mouse officials wearing Mickey Mouse watches.

  • Mike

    did anyone notice when the 2 Burton players clashed with head injuries after they were treated they did NOT leave the pitch? or has that rule now been changed as well. Maybe this ref was making it up as he went along.

    • Bleeding Black & White

      Apparently, players with head injuries are now allowed​ to stay on.

  • Bleeding Black & White

    On top of what’s already been said, having now seen footage of it, not having a great view of the incident from the Leazes end, it’s clear that, at least, three Burton players were also encroaching, so it shouldn’t have been disallowed, at all and the penalty should have stood! I’m just pleased we got a result and didn’t lose points, like we did at Forest.

  • Toonbadger

    Only just finished laughing at the so called referee`s decision. I`ve never laughed as much since I was an 18 month old baby when my dad was tickling my belly and making gurgling noises. The next time I F up at work I will just tell the gaffa ” I done a Keith Stroud boss”. No doubt he will be tickled and give me a pay rise and a promotion. What a fekking disgrace to his profession that man is.


    Amazing that 48,000 of us so called “thick Geordies” know the Rules but the man paid to officiate the game does not. Sad thing is he will probably be back in charge of a game in the next couple of weeks.
    I enjoyed the crack at half time as we all tried to figure out what happened, plenty of bizarre theories.

    • robert hampton

      Could it be that the ref was still mulling about his error last week, I think the game was too big for him and he blew it big style.
      W t f were the other officials thinking of or not thinking.
      Didn’t they know the basic rules of the game, 48 thousand of us there knew he was wrong, also from high up in the stand the pen was the right call, Gayle was past the defending player, who caught his heel , maybe unintentionally. But ref had that right.

  • edward alderson

    how can all 4 class one referees get it so so wrong,he needs to go back to the referees school and learn the rules.This could of cost the club 140+million,it was a straight decision not an opinion.drop him for the rest of the season

  • Andrew Sanderson

    Is this Trelford Mills reincarnated, or is the physical similarity just a coincidence?

  • Simon Ritter

    OK, the ref is incompetent and his “team” are either incompetent or cowards in not making him correct his blunder. This was no “lapse in concentration”, whatever the refs’ union might say. It was five minutes of appalling stupidity. But consider what might have happened if Stroud had correctly ordered a retake, which Ritchie then missed. Who would be in the dock? Encroachment by attackers and defenders is usually ignored, just as refs ignore holding/pulling in the 18-yard box. Is the risk worth taking?