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Former top referee rules on 2 Manchester City v Newcastle controversial incidents

6 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 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)


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