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Former top referee rules on Crystal Palace 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 Crystal Palace v Newcastle controversial penalty.

Newcastle held a 1-0 lead after a very decent first half performance.

Then 10 minutes into the second half, Palace have the ball on the left and a high cross if put into the box.

It is too high for anybody to make contact and travels through to the opposite side of the pitch, only for….

To everybody’s surprise/amazement, whether at the game or watching on TV, the linesman then makes some very animated gestures and signals he believes there should be a penalty.

Dermot Gallagher has now given his verdict and says that the officials were correct in that TV replays did show an offence had been committed, meaning a penalty was a perfectly valid outcome, BUT that these incidents do not produce a penalty ‘week in, week out’, in the Premier League.

I would love to know if that eagle-eyed linesman has ever done something similar because it is a massive call for him to make and to be sure of himself, though the way he was strutting about he was clearly a man on a mission and enjoying being in the spotlight.

Just one of those things where letter of the law says it was correct but if for example such incidents were similarly treated on corners, then every other flag-kick would produce a penalty as players grab each other all the time.


Ciaran Clark shirt tug.

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Ciaran Clark tugs the shirt of Christian Benteke inside the area, and referee Andre Marriner gives Palace a penalty to equalise for 1-1.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“Without doubt, when you see it, Clark has a hold of his shirt, you can’t say he hasn’t.

“But what you could say is that this award is not in keeping with what you see week in, week out.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1


Newcastle: Diame 22

Palace: Milivojevic (Pen) 55

Possession was Palace 54% Newcastle 46%

Total shots were  Palace 21 Newcastle 11

Shots on target were Palace 6 Newcastle 8

Corners were  Palace 5 Newcastle 6

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame (Hayden 65), Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 57), Gayle, Perez (Merino 80)

Unused Subs:

Dubravka, Lejeune, Manquillo, Murphy

Crowd: 25,746 (Newcastle 2,900)

(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction to the Palace match HERE)

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

(See fan ratings for players v Palace HERE)

(Read Roy Hodgson’s verdict HERE)

(Read what Rafa Benitez had to say about the Palace match HERE)


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