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Former top referee rules on West Ham v Newcastle controversial incident

4 years ago

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 West Ham v Newcastle controversial penalty.

Newcastle had just taken a crucial 2-1 lead early in the second half when play then switched to the other end.

Ciaran Clark slid in and brought Antonio down on the edge of the Newcastle penalty area, West Ham fans said inside the box and the visiting supporters claimed just outside.

A penalty was given and justice served when Rob Elliot saved Ayew’s spot-kick.

Often the case with wrongly given penalties that when they aren’t then converted, they can get forgotten about…

Newcastle of course quickly then going 3-1 up and eventually winning 3-2.

Dermot Gallagher has now given his verdict and sided with Newcastle fans, declaring that the foul was definitely outside the box and that if VAR (Video Assistant Referee) had been in use, the match officials wouldn’t have been put into the position to make the wrong call.


‘Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark is judged to have fouled West Ham forward Michail Antonio just inside the area.’

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Wrong decision, no penalty.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“Tough, tough call in fairness and the VAR will clear this up on FA Cup weekend.

“And I do not think anybody would criticise a referee for this decision because look at the speed we are watching and the player is already in the penalty area.

“It is just outside, but it is marginal and you could also argue that it continues inside.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

West Ham 2 Newcastle 3


Newcastle: Saivet 10, Diame 53, Atsu 61

West Ham: Arnautovic 6, Ayew 69 (Saved penalty by Rob Elliot from Ayew as well! 56 minutes)

Possession was West Ham 63% Newcastle 37%

Total shots were  West Ham 19 Newcastle 11

Shots on target were West Ham 6 Newcastle 4

Corners were  West Ham 6 Newcastle 3

Referee: Lee Mason

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Manquillo, Ritchie, Diame, Saivet (Mbemba 84), Atsu (Murphy 90+1), Gayle (Perez 76), Joselu

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Haidara, Dummett, Aarons

Crowd: 56,955 (Newcastle 3,000)

(See Alan Shearer’s reaction to the win HERE)

(Read the instant Newcastle fan/writer reaction to beating West Ham HERE)

(National journalist launches astonishing attack on Newcastle fans and Rafa Benitez after win over West Ham – read it HERE)


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