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 Newcastle v Chelsea match.

The former top referee has had a look at the penalty decision Chelsea got, as well as the Yedlin clash with Giroud in the lead up to Newcastle’s equaliser.

If we are honest, both decisions could have gone either way.

However, hard to take when you lose.

Dermot Gallagher points to recent guidance for referees to try and explain why the penalty was given. However, it is still hard to get away from the fact that Schar played the ball.

As for Yedlin, I don’t think anybody thinks he was trying to deliberately elbow Giroud, and it was embarrassing how much the French striker made of it.


“In the 75th minute, referee Paul Tierney penalised Fabian Schar for a trip on Marcos Alonso, despite the Newcastle defender appearing to get a touch on the ball, awarding Chelsea the penalty.

“Eden Hazard converted from the spot.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Correct decision.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“I think it was a penalty.

“He definitely touches the ball, there is no doubt whatsoever about that, but he wraps his legs around him, he scissors him and with the pre-season meetings with the players and clubs, everybody was told that just because you get the ball, it doesn’t negate action being taken.”


“DeAndre Yedlin caught Olivier Giroud in the face with his elbow in the 83rd minute, leaving the striker on the floor clutching his face.

“The Newcastle defender’s cross just after the incident was headed home by Joselu, with no free kick or cards shown.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Correct decision.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“This is going to split opinion.

“I don’t think the player [Yedlin] has done a lot wrong. 

“I don’t think he should have his arm up that high, but Giroud comes into his ground and encroaches on his territory.

“Ian Hosin, the assistant, has the best view of that. He is literally yards from it, has a direct look at it and he says no. He would have said that to the referee via the communication kit and Paul Tierney lets play continue.

“I’m not convinced he swings his arm because I think Giroud goes into him. He puts his arm up, there is no doubt about that, but there is a massive difference between that and pushing an elbow into someone’s face.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2


Newcastle: Joselu

Chelsea: Hazard 76 (Pen), Yedlin 87 (OG)

Possession was Chelsea 81% Newcastle 19%

Total shots were  Chelsea 15 Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Chelsea 3 Newcastle 2

Corners were  Chelsea 5 Newcastle 4

Referee: Paul Tierney

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar (Muto 79), Fernandez, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Ki, Diame, Murphy (Perez 73), Rondon (Joselu 62)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Sterry, Longstaff, Atsu

Crowd: 51,791 (3,200 Chelsea)

(Alan Shearer finds result a ‘sickener’ – Read HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2 – Read HERE)

(Was Rafa Benitez right to use such negative tactics considering players he had available and quality of opposition? How Newcastle fans voted HERE)

(Rafa Benitez gives post-match update on Shelvey and Lascelles injuries HERE)

  • Ian Thompson

    With regard to the penalty decision, during the pre season meetings between players and clubs were the rules of the game changed? Also Alonso was yanking on Schar’s arm putting him off balance while he was reaching for the ball with his right foot.

  • Peter C

    Trust Gallagher to get it wrong again. Just when you think he has to get it right, sometime, once yet again, he comes up with the wrong conclusion.

    Regarding the penalty, there wasn’t any scissor motion, Schar doesn’t chop Alonso’s left leg. Alonso falls over Schar’s right leg, after Schar makes the tackle, and gets the ball, Alonso falls between both of Schar’s legs. No scissor motion, no penalty, bad decision, again.

    Regarding the lead up to our equalizer, Yedlin puts his forearm up in Giroud’s face, a foul. Giroud makes it look worse than it appears, by going down like he’s been poleaxed, but it’s a foul. should’ve been a freekick to Chelsea, no goal.

    Regarding the winning goal, comes from a freekick, which shouldn’t of been given.

    Hazard is without doubt a talented player, but he’s looking for and expecting free kicks from the slightest touch he gets, and once again this poor referee, Paul Tierney obliges.

    Yet again Newcastle suffer from indifferent and poor refereeing, looks like we’ve had our quota of lucky refereeing decisions for quite a while.

    It’s a fallacy to say, that things even themselves out over a season, we get far more bad decisions, than the majority of other teams.

    If you don’t believe me, check the number of penalties we get compared to other clubs get, and also the number of players, that have been sent off against Newcastle, compared to the number of Newcastle players being sent off, against the opposition.