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Former top referee rules on 2 Leicester v Newcastle controversial incidents

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 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)


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