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Former ‘Top’ Referee says Matt Ritchie yellow was wrong and he can’t defend it

4 years ago

Dermot Gallagher was asked by Sky Sports to look at the Matt Ritchie challenge on Sunday.

The Newcastle winger having been booked for a high foot when challenging Swansea’s Alfie Mawson.

Pundits, including those on Match of The Day 2, have made much of the comparison between that incident in the Swansea game, compared to Sadio Mane’s in Manchester City v Liverpool.

Former referee Dermott Gallagher says that the Matt Ritchie incident has sent out the wrong message because ref Mike Jones failed to show a red card as a deterrent to others.

He agrees with the decision to send off Sadio Mane on Saturday and says he ‘can’t defend’ the referee at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

Sky Sports ask Dermott Gallacher to consider the Matt Ritchie/Alfie Mawson incident during Swansea 0 Newcastle 1:

SCENARIO: The Newcastle man only picks up a yellow card for a similarly high challenge (to the Sadio Mane one) on Alfie Mawson.

DERMOT’S VERDICT: Wrong decision.

Dermot Gallagher:

“I would say it’s a red card.

“I was surprised, especially after it came 24 hours after the Mane incident.

“The only difference between the two challenges is the blood and the outcome.

“I fully endorse what Moss has done (sending off Mane), but I can’t defend Mike Jones for this decision (only a yellow for Ritchie).

“The law doesn’t say the player has to have sustained an injury.

“If this one was given then we wouldn’t be having this conversation as it would send out a deterrent.”


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