Dermot Gallagher reviews controversial decisions in the Premier League after each round of games, on behalf of Sky Sports, and has given his call on the Jonjo Shelvey red card on Wednesday night.

The Newcastle midfielder picking up a booking in the first half against Everton, then in the dying seconds of the game, added a second yellow.

Much debate on whether he should have got a red card and Alan Shearer & Danny Murphy argued about it on Match of The Day.

Jonjo Shelvey now facing a two match ban and missing the away matches at Arsenal and West Ham.

So was Shelvey’s second red card of the season fair?

Dermot Gallagher says that Jonjo Shelvey had ‘no need to make the first tackle’ and that ‘The second one is a yellow card any day of the week’.

The former referee summarising ‘There’s nothing I can say to defend him’.

Doesn’t sound like there is much chance of an appeal…


Jonjo Shelvey is dismissed for two yellow cards – his second sending off of the season already.

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Correct call.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“There’s no need to make the first tackle.

“The Everton play(er) has got lots of space to run into.

“The second one is also a yellow card any day of the week.

“There’s nothing I can say to defend him.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Everton 1


Everton: Rooney 27

Possession was Everton 45% Newcastle 55%

Total shots were  Everton 7 Newcastle 16

Shots on target were Everton 4 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Everton 1 Newcastle 4

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie (Aarons 74), Shelvey (sent off 90+4), Merino (Perez 86), Atsu, Diame (Joselu 67), Gayle

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Clark, Hayden, Murphy

Crowd: 51,042

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

(Read what Rafa Benitez said after the match HERE)

(Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy argue after Newcastle 0 Everton 1 – Read it HERE)

(Read the match ratings for all Newcastle players HERE)

(Read what Wayne Rooney said after the match HERE)

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  • Whitehurst

    Nothing to discuss here!!

  • mactoon

    Doesn’t sound like there is much chance of an appeal…

    You can’t appeal yellow cards

    • Mark Potter

      Does that mean there’s a chance or no chance? Speak sense. You can’t appeal yellow cards means there is no way to appeal, even if it had been blatantly wrong, and every ex-ref in the country agreed it was wrong (they don’t and it wasn’t).

      • mactoon

        My first line was quoting the line from the article. The second line was answering that quote. My point is that you can’t appeal a yellow card so there is no chance.

  • Leazes Ender

    Had it been a Liverpool player you would have found a different interpretation Mr, Gallagher….. you are a biased ref.

    How do you explain the enormous ‘penalties’ and ‘sending off’ statistical discrepancy against United….. we are no dirtier than any other team, cheat no more or less…. yet we have this institutionalised bias.

    • pacoJones

      Behave soft lad it was a red all day long.

      • Leazes Ender

        Actually it was a borderline second yellow drippy….. didn’t you notice?

        Are you Keith Stroud?

    • Mark Potter

      Stats showing this generally over the years?

      But this season two penalties against, both 100% nailed on. Two red cards, never any doubt about either. As soon as Shelvey made contact with the player and not the ball, when it was clear he was trying to prevent a breakaway, then it was going to be a second yellow.

      The only thing you can say in Shelvey’s defence is that he was knackered by the end. Him and Merino. No point in Rafa bringing on more attackers (if you can call Joselu that) if central midfield players can’t win/keep the ball. We were being forced to play long balls more and more. That’s ok if we bring on the perfect forward to win such balls… Oh, he wasn’t even on the bench. The Everton centre halves had nothing to do all game.

      Don’t blame institutionalised bias for Rafa’s team selections, formations and substitutions. None make any sense the last 10 games. He’s completely lost the plot playing 4-4-2, when he didn’t even risk it in the Championship.

      • Leazes Ender

        No I’m not this is a totally separate issue…. United get a poor return.

        The second yellow had no effect on the result

        If Shelvey were playing for Liverpool the outcome would have been different, as I’ve said it seems to me SJP is a testing ground to see if refs will make the decision…. Uriah Rennie was certainly up for the ‘test’.

        It should balance out but strangely doesn’t…. the split second that the brain clicks and the Ref thinks to himself go on….. it’s the accumulation of borderline decisions which testify to an institutionalised bias within the authority, made up largely of the London and Lancashire Football Association representatives.

        The accumulation of borderline decisions is showing up in figure…. it shouldn’t….. loaded dice!

  • Rich Lawson

    Idiot Shelvey,afta’ being left out you have your chance to stamp (no pun intended) your mark on a game and your temperament costs us again !

  • Catherine Kennedy

    At the end me of the day, Shelvey was the only one putting everything into that game, the only one who ‘took a risk’ which resulted in going against him. Doesn’t deny the fact that he is a brilliant midfielder and is 100% England quality, mistakes are made. He brings so much to the team and without him we wouldn’t even be in this league.