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 incidents during the Leicester v Newcastle match.

The former top referee has had a look at the incident when Harry Maguire pushed Dwight Gayle in the face, as well as the passage of play when Paul Dummett challenged Riyad Mahrez in the box.

Dermot Gallagher believes that referee on the day, Stuart Attwell, got one correct and called the other decision wrongly.

He says the law has been changed and that Maguire would have had to now be deemed to be ‘malicious or brutal’ to have deserved a red card, which Gallagher doesn’t believe was the case.

Whilst on the penalty incident, the one-time top ref believes that Riyad Mahrez was ‘clever’ in moving the ball away and that Paul Dummett got the man first.


“Harry Maguire is shown a yellow card after an altercation with Dwight Gayle.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Only a caution.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“The law was changed and it has to be what is deemed malicious or brutal and that is regarded as an aggressive push.

“Referees see it as that and that is what he [Stuart Attwell] decided.”


“Paul Dummett trips Riyad Mahrez in the box.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:


Dermot Gallagher says:

“I do think this is a penalty.

“He [Dummett] gets the man first.

“The ball just rolls away, he [Mahrez] is clever, he moves the ball slightly to the right and Dummett can’t get it and I think he trips him.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Leicester 1 Newcastle 2


Newcastle: Shelvey 18, Perez 75

Leicester: Vardy 83

Possession was Leicester 66% Newcastle 34%

Total shots were  Leicester 8 Newcastle 8

Shots on target were Leicester 1 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Leicester 7 Newcastle 5

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame (Hayden 81), Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Gayle (Joselu 70)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Merino

Crowd: 32,066 (3,200 Newcastle)

(Read the Match Report HERE)

(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction to the result HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the 2-1 victory HERE)

(Leicester boss Claude Puel reacts to the defeat HERE)

(Rafa Benitez verdict after picking up yet another three points – Read HERE)

(3 positives and 3 negatives from Leicester 1 Newcastle 2 – Read HERE)

(Match ratings of all Newcastle players after the match HERE)

(Amazing from Garth Crooks, selects Newcastle player in team of the week and then slaughters him! Read HERE)

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    More shyte from the refs. they give Nufc nothing

  • sphinxhunter

    Dermot Gallagher is simply wrong – clearly getting a backhander from Leicester – has no credibility after comments like these – rules are clear and Maguire should have been give a straight red card – Dummett’s challenge was not so clear and needs to be seen in context, he got some ball and Mahrez, no doubt anticipating the contact, was already bracing himself for the fall to the ground, even before any contact was actually made – they call that diving and Mahrez should have been the one with the yellow card – the Media watchdog (if there is one) should examine Gallagher’s comments and issue their own red card to him.

  • mentalman

    i would class someone pushing you in the face as malicious, i saw one pundit excuse Maguire because he is so much taller than Gayle

    Whether Dummett touched the ball or not mahrez wasn’t in control of the ball and was already going to ground before the alleged contact happened

    • Peter C

      Obviously I’m a Newcastle Fan, and other supporters would say I’m agreeing with theses points out of obvious bias, but these points are spot on.
      Gayle deserved a booking for hanging on and pulling back Maguire, Maguire deserved sending off for the hand in the face. Mahrez was on his way down slightly before Dummett made the tackle, and any contact was extremely minimal, it was a deliberate act to get a penalty, in other words, CHEATING.

  • joolzyoungman07

    …yet Gallagher went on to say the red given to Stephens (Southampton) for a face-palm on Wilshere was worthy of a red. Even Tony Cottee and Danny Mills in the studio were left totally bemused by his contrary verdicts

  • Dillon Tovak

    Zero surprise here, he always seems to go against us with this stuff.
    How on earth can the Southampton player be a red but not Maguire?
    What an imbecile.

    • Paul lindsley

      Biggest bunch blaggers after the government corrupt

  • Tino o

    If it was shelvey verdict definitely red but who really cares 2-1 toon!!!

  • East Durham Mag

    Still craves attention and the spotlight. “Who’s the [email protected] in the black”?

  • Wor Lass

    He was a prat as a ref and he`s still a prat as an ex-ref.

  • Big Al 1967

    Dermot Gallagher once again rules in favour of the opposition against Newcastle shocker.
    He did the same when he was a referee (and a bad one at that) so the muppet isn’t going to change his colours now