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 a Liverpool v Newcastle match incident.
Newcastle were 2-0 down when a long ball was played forward.
Liverpool fans shouting for a penalty and a red card for Jamaal Lascelles, as he and Mohamed Salah clash on the edge of the box.
TV replays showed that any contact was definitely outside the box, so no penalty.
However, what about a red card?
Dermot Gallagher has now given his verdict and says that there was definitely contact, which leaves only one question – ‘Is it a foul?’
The former referee saying that in his opinion it was definitely a foul, which would then automatically have meant a red card.
A ban for Newcastle’s Captain would have been a bit of a disaster with a key relegation clash against Southampton this Saturday.
As for why the officials missed it, Dermot Gallagher believes ‘The trajectory of the ball…may have thrown the referee off slightly.’
A shame Dermot Gallagher wasn’t also asked about what looked a clear foul by one of the home players in the build up to Liverpool’s first goal.
Jamaal Lascelles and Mo Salah collide as the Liverpool man runs through on goal.
Salah’s touch just before the impact pushes the ball away from goal, and Graham Scott waves play on.
Dermot Gallagher verdict:
Dermot Gallagher says:
“The only decision here is: is it a foul?
“And if it is a foul, it’s a red card.
“And yes, I do think it is a foul.
“The player (Lascelles) clearly hasn’t gone to play the ball.
“The trajectory of the ball, where Salah takes a touch, may have thrown the referee off slightly.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0
Liverpool: Salah 40, Sane 55
Possession was Liverpool 71% Newcastle 29%
Total shots were Liverpool 14 Newcastle 7
Shots on target were Liverpool 3 Newcastle 2
Corners were Liverpool 8 Newcastle 3
Referee: Graham Scott
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Murphy (Perez 84), Diame, Merino (Hayden 73), Kenedy, Atsu, Gayle (Joselu 66)
Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Ritchie
Crowd: 53,287 (Newcastle 3,000)
(To read the match ratings for Newcastle players at Anfield go HERE )
(To read Alan Shearer’s instant reaction to the game HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0 – Read it HERE)
(Read what Jurgen Klopp had to say about the match HERE)