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:

“Wrong decision.”

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

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Murphy (Perez 84), Diame, Merino (Hayden 73), Kenedy, Atsu, Gayle (Joselu 66)

Unused Subs:

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)

  • Jay Blindside

    All very well but I bet a pound to a penny that if it had been a Newcastle attack and not a Liverpool one the ref would have pointed to the spot !

    • Patrick F

      It was outside the box though. I think if Liverpool weren’t 2-0 up and needed a goal the ref would have blown. He took the easy option of doing nothing because the game was just over and Liverpool didn’t need it.

    • TheNutJob

      kidding arent you

    • Paul Busby

      If it was the other way round he would have probably carded the NUFC player for simulation, then when they argued with him just carded him again for dissent and sent him off.

      • pedrodelgardo

        If it was the other way round me brother would be me sister.

        • molend

          Nice one. I’ve been sat here for half an hour trying to work it out. Very Cantonaesgue

      • Mxpx

        That’s true but if it was the other way round Dwight gayle probably would have gone down quicker than a Hooker on a billionaire

    • Danimal

      Yeah, refs have been falling over themselves to give us penalties this season.

  • TheNutJob

    it was a foul ok & a red card but not a penalty, Jamaal say`s he got a foot to the ball but i think he`s telling porkies

  • Mrkgw

    It’s a foul – only because its Newcastle. Any other club and it wouldn’t be the subject of debate.

  • ghostrider

    The worry here isn’t whether it was a foul and a red card. It clearly was a foul and a red card as the letter of the law states for the last man.
    However, we got away with it so it’s done and dusted with for that game.

    The real worry is in why would Lascelles actual deliberately do it in the first place when we were already 2-0 down and him knowing there’s a pretty much nailed on (in his mind) red card coming.

    I have to ask myself if Lascelles is suffering and lost his head and thought ” sod it, I’m taking this lad out and sod the consequences because I’m sick to death of being the stand out fish in the barrel of fish being constantly shot at.”

    My guess is most of these players are almost spent in mind and physically due to start idling.
    My guess would be….if these players could come out and speak their mind without penalty or put down, they would stand up and tell all and sundry that they are sick to death of Rafa Benitez and his pathetic soul destroying tactics.

    • Wor Lass

      You`re absolutely overthinking it. He`s a competitor and didn`t want the lad scoring. As ssomeone once said, “Simples”!

      • molend

        I think you’ve got that absolutely right. Having played (rugby) at a reasonably high level, I’d have to say that there are split seconds when you do what’s instinctive, even if later you see it might not have been the most sensible decision. In the heat of the moment, you can’t help it. If you seriously think Lascelles went into that tackle saying to himself ‘i’m sick to death of Rafa Benitez and his pathetic soul destroying tactics’ then something else is messing with you.

      • Rich Lawson

        ”Simples” ! (Is that one of their characters your using for a pic ?)

        • Wor Lass

          Those ads are the best thing on the telly some nights!

      • ghostrider

        I could very well be. You see, I’m nearing my frustrated peak with this Rafa set up and I try to imagine what a player is thinking.
        I could very well be way off the mark but one thing I’m not way off the mark with…is….I’ve never been so dejected watching Newcastle under any manager as I am under this money grabbing waste of space.

    • mentalman

      yedlin came out quite early on and said he finds the constant defending boring, he quite often looks bored and switched off during games

      • ghostrider

        Merino looks the same.
        I look at most of the players faces and see dejection on them.
        The positive for those players is their willingness to graft and that suits Rafa because he believes that graft alone is the key to some weird kind of success.
        The body language displayed by the players is clear to see.
        Ritchie’s another one.

        My guess is, that’s why so many are bizarrely being left out of the team.
        I think too many are questioning the negativity of Rafa.
        The man doesn’t even look remotely approachable and certainly doesn’t like criticism.

        Rafa (at this minute) is in a win win situation, because the fans have been brainwashed into a belief that he’s this world class savour who will get the club to the heights of Keegan and Robson if he’s given the funds.

        They are willing to be bored to tears with dire football by a team (by no fault of their own) that has been drilled to produce it.

        It’s almost like Rafa is some kind of untouchable Emperor and anyone that questions him in any negative light will incur the wrath of the nation of expert pundits and brainwashed people alike who are just obeying their orders…it seems.

        Newcastle players are paid well. they are not stupid this bunch. They are not willing to bite the hand that’s feeding them and will likely wait until their careers are over before any one of them speaks out about this depressive footballing manager who is destroying my will to live.
        Ok I might have went overboard but he is destroying my head.
        I’ve never ever been so negative about this club…ever.
        The closest I came was when I was having to see McClaren smirk after every defeat.

        But at least I half enjoyed the football.
        Rafa has us in the same position and his football is cringeworthy and totally sickening.

    • Ram Kishore

      Too much guessing.. though it was frustrating.. we didn’t get 6 goals inside our goal

      • ghostrider

        Why do we have to be thankful we didn’t get tonked?
        If this is the script with the premier league and it’s elites then I don’t want to be a part of it.
        I’d rather we were in the championship and enjoying a bit of more down to Earth brass tacks football with the emphasis on actually winning the game against a team with equal aspirations.

  • Mxpx

    Let’s be honest didn’t have any effect on how points were dished out Liverpool should have had a free kick on the edge of our box unlikely they score from it and no time for anything else to happen in the game anyway if that one goal in terms of their goal difference really has an effect on their league position I’ll be surprised yes the official got it wrong but I also think suspension for lacelles would be over the top as a punishment which a red would yield I’d say we need lacelles much more than Liverpool need the free kick and put that way they’d probably be fine to let this one go