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 an incident in the Newcastle v Swansea game on Saturday.

Around 10 minutes before half-time a right wing corner was awarded to Swansea.

When it was swung in, Jonjo Shelvey completely lost his man who had a free header.

That Swansea player headed the ball down and towards goal, where another Swansea player flicked it and slightly changed the direction of the ball.

Mohamed Diame the mast line of defence and his arm instinctively moved and he blocked the ball with something…

Dermot Gallagher has now given his verdict and he says that whilst it was all but impossible for the referee to see it at the time, it was a handball and Diame should have been red carded with a penalty given.


‘Newcastle’s Mo Diame appears to handle in the six-yard box.’

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Wrong decision, handball, penalty and red card.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“In fairness to the referee, if you look at every angle you do not think that is a handball.

“You do not know if it has hit him on the chest.

“I think it is a penalty and if he gave a penalty, then it is a red card because the ball is going in.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Swansea 1


Newcastle: Joselu 68

Swansea: Ayew 60

Possession was Swansea 58% Newcastle 42%

Total shots were  Swansea 8 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Swansea 5 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Swansea 5 Newcastle 4

Referee: Graham Scott

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey (Merino 82), Atsu, Gayle (Joselu 64), Perez

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Haidara, Manquillo, Hayden, Murphy

Crowd: 51,444 (Swansea 1,100)

(Alan Shearer spells it out after watching Newcastle 1 Swansea 1 – Read it HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Swansea draw HERE)

(Swansea boss says Newcastle lucky to avoid red card, penalty and defeat – Read it HERE)

(Read what Rafa Benitez had to say after the game HERE)

  • Leazes

    That is why we never got a thing with Gallagher, he’ll interpret what is a marginal call wrongly…..

    View the incident ‘end-on’ and it wasn’t going in there was forward movement of the elbow yes …. but from that distance it is ball to arm any other interpretation is nonsense, and would have been harsh with twenty one players inside the box.

    Gallagher is from Ireland lives in Oxfordshire and supports Arsenal.

    • East Durham Mag

      Its as easy as pie for him now with cameras everywhere, freeze frame, slow motion and zoom facilities. No pressure and lots of time.

  • ghostrider

    She should just stick to sky sports presenting and stop thinking she’s a referee.

    We are talking about kirsty….right?

    • anyobrien

      Jesus… And sleep zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • ghostrider

        I’m going to call you “diamond back” from now on.
        You’re easily “rattled.” Hahahahaha.


    Got a good angle on it from where I sit. I thought it was a handball; many around me missed it altogether. Swans players all went up then just got on with it. I’d forgotten about it 2 minutes later. Pen? Yes, but it’s not like we get the rub of the green very often…

  • MadMag83

    Couldn’t care less if he blocked it with his todger! Fact is nothing was given, the result stands, we’ve not been awarded penalties that have been equally contentious, and it’s all part of football.