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 two incident in the Manchester City v Newcastle game on Saturday.

The former top referee has had a look at the Raheem Sterling ‘goal’ which was disallowed for offside when the score was still goalless.

He has also given his opinion on the penalty Sterling ‘won’ at the other end, the decisive goal which put the home side 2-0 up.

With decisions on offsides, almost every time you can say for sure one way or another when able to see video replays.

Dermot Gallagher says it was definitely the right decision to disallow the Sterling ‘goal’ but that it was excellent judgement by the linesman because the margin was so small.

As for the penalty, this comes down to purely opinion.

Dermot Gallagher deciding there was enough from Manquillo to warrant a spot-kick, although many Newcastle fans claimed it was no more or less of a penalty than the one Dwight Gayle didn’t get when the two sides met at St James Park in December.


‘Was Raheem Sterling offside for his goal that was disallowed?’

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Correct decision, offside.”

Dermot Gallagher says:


“Another really, really tight call.

“But when you see it sideways on, as the assistant sees it as speed, I am astonished… that is a really tough call, but a correct call.”


‘City’s penalty – was Raheem Sterling tripped by Javier Manquillo?’

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

 “Correct decision, penalty.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“I think it is a foul because he decides to try and pull him, he can’t pull him, and then he decides to push him.

“And I think he does enough to bundle him over and it is a foul.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Manchester City 3 Newcastle 1


Newcastle: Murphy 67

Man City: Aguero 34, 63 (Pen), 83

Possession was Man City 81% Newcastle 19%

Total shots were  Man City 21 Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Man City 9 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Man City 18 Newcastle 0

Referee: Paul Tierney

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Manquillo (Yedlin 66), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Hayden, Murphy, Diame, Shelvey, Atsu (Perez 64), Joselu (Gayle 76)

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Haidara, Merino, Ritchie

Crowd: 54,452 (Newcastle 3,000)

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

(Alan Shearer explains in simple language why Newcastle fans want rid of Mike Ashley – Read HERE)

(Pep Guardiola congratulates Newcastle on getting over the halfway line…once – Read HERE)

(Read what Rafa had to say about the match AND transfers HERE)

(Read the match report from Manchester 3 Newcastle 1 HERE)

  • TheNutJob

    the Hoss was 80 yards up the pitch yet still managed to start their attack which nearly cost us a goal, what we gona do with the lad ?

    • Tino o

      Firing squad with bullets of 💩

    • 1957

      Keep playing him probably…

  • hetonmag

    There’s a shock another decision goes against us wouldn’t have expected anything else from him.

  • Tino o

    Surprise surprise! So easy to get away with wrong calls against us. If it was against them and they happened to lose(just day dreaming) it would have been big news all week

  • Tony Mann

    No real surprise – I DID think it was a pen at the time.
    Only problem is that diving c*nt Sterling.

  • GToon

    Oh no! Not another man city post! ☹️

  • Ram Kishore

    Come on even we had lucky ones in the past

  • I definitely think this wasn’t a penalty! We have an incident like that every game and it NEVER GOES OUR WAY! Not once we had a penalty this season! Sterling has been diving like crazy and even that Diaz guy who replaced him within 3 MINUTES HE WAS ON – DIVE! Ref should have at least given him a yellow card.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    To be fair our player pulled him back and because he was in the penalty area went down which he would not have any other else on the pitch a bit like Southampton away which cost us two points. Rafa needs to educate the players to be extra careful in the box.

  • TC Toon Army

    Bit late now. Points are on the board.