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Former top referee rules on controversial Dwight Gayle incident v Bournemouth

4 years ago

Dermot Gallagher reviews controversial decisions in the Premier League after each weekend of games, on behalf of Sky Sports, and has given his call on the Dwight Gayle incident that arguably decided Saturday’s match.

Newcastle were well on top in the opening half hour, creating chances and looking good bets to beat Bournemouth.

Only a World-class save by Begovic had kept out one Ritchie effort.

Then 16 minutes into the game, Ritchie tried again. The post saving the keeper this time but the rebound going straight to Dwight Gayle who tapped it into the empty net.

The players celebrated, only for a slightly delayed linesman’s flag to go up.

You hope it isn’t crucial at the time but so it proved, a goal at that point would surely have seen Newcastle go on to get all three points.

So should the goal have stood?

Dermot Gallagher says he has no doubts and that Gayle was level, so no offside.

However, on top of that he is critical of the linesman, saying he has managed to get the decision wrong as his ‘starting position isn’t right’. The net result being that he should have been able to see the Bournemouth defender behind Dwight Gayle but couldn’t due to having that poor ‘starting position’.


Dwight Gayle looked level with the last defender as he rolled the ball into the net in the first half after Matt Ritchie’s curling effort from 25 yards came back off the post, but the linesman ruled it out for offside.

Dermot Gallagher verdict: Wrong decision.

Dermot Gallagher says:

“The linesman’s starting position isn’t right.

“He can only see Dwight Gayle and not the player behind him.

“Gayle is onside.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Bournemouth 1


Bournemouth: Cook 90+2

Possession was Bournemouth 52% Newcastle 48%

Total shots were  Bournemouth 16 Newcastle 16

Shots on target were Bournemouth 6 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Bournemouth 9 Newcastle 11

Referee: Paul Tierney

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles (Clark 55), Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Atsu (Murphy 82), Joselu (Perez 68)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Gamez, Mitrovic, Diame

Crowd: 52,237 (Bournemouth 1,600)

(Sam Allardyce verdict on Newcastle 0 Bournemouth 1 HERE)

(Read what Rafa had to say after the match HERE)

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

(A worthwhile experiment Rafa Benitez will not be repeating..? Read HERE)

(Update on Jamaal Lascelles injury – Read HERE)


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