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Former top referee gives verdict on contentious Southampton v Newcastle decision

5 years ago

Former top referee Dermot Gallagher has had a look at one contentious incident from Sunday’s match.

Dermot Gallagher reviews controversial decisions in the Premier League after each weekend of games, on behalf of Sky Sports.

In the Southampton v Newcastle game, he has considered the DeAndre Yedlin challenge on Nathan Redmond.

The NUFC right-back had already been yelllow carded, when in the second-half he slid in on the Southampton winger.


Already on a booking, DeAndre Yedlin flies into a challenge with Nathan Redmond but escapes a second yellow card.

Dermot Gallagher Verdict:

Wrong decision.

Dermot Gallagher:

“This is where my job gets difficult – it isn’t up for a debate, it’s a second yellow card.

“I don’t see the purpose of talking to the captain as the purpose is for the not player not to do it again.

“The easiest decision there was to award a second yellow card – it’s obvious to everyone.

“Maybe he’s not seen it correctly?”

If we are honest, then you would have to accept that usually it would have been a booking for Yedlin.

Almost certainly, the fact that it would have triggered a red card, probably did save the Newcastle player from a booking.

Following the word of the law(s) it should probably have been given but I think in the spirit of the game, the referee got the decision right. It was a good even game and a sending off would no doubt have knocked that on the head.

I can understand Southampton fans feeling they could/should have had a man advantage for the rest of the second-half but what I think is over the top, is the way the Sky Sports team kept going on and on about it afterwards.

It wasn’t a shocking challenge that was missed, it was a yellow card that probably should have been given, though any number of decisions happen in a game – such as Gabbiadini trying to con the referee into giving a penalty, when it was actually him fouling Lejeune. The referee gave Newcastle a free-kick but no punishment for the cheat, Gabbiadini later did get a yellow card so maybe he got lucky as well…

Stats from BBC Sport:

Southampton 2 Newcastle 2


Newcastle: Hayden 20, Perez 51

Southampton: Gabbiadini 49,75 (pen)

Possession was Southampton 62% Newcastle 38%

Total shots were  Southampton 12 Newcastle 19

Shots on target were Southampton 2 Newcastle 5

Corners were  Southampton 3 Newcastle 8

Referee: Kevin Friend

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Atsu (Murphy 82), Perez (Merino 63), Joselu (Gayle 68)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Clark, Gamez, Diame

Crowd: 31,437 (Newcastle 3,200)

(Martin Keown gushing in his praise for Newcastle HERE)

(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the match HERE)

(Read Rafa Benitez’ thoughts HERE)

(Mauricio Pellegrino thought a point was a decent return)

(Alan Shearer’s reaction to the match HERE)

(Read Alan Pardew’s take on the game HERE)


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