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Former top referee rules on Manchester United v Newcastle United controversial incident

3 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 a Manchester United v Newcastle United match incident.

With Newcastle two goals up, they get a free-kick in a great position just outside the box on the left side.

Jonjo Shelvey whips in the cross for Newcastle and Ashley Young clear blocks the ball with his elbow, which has moved to wide of his body.

An obvious penalty.

Dermot Gallagher agrees and his verdict is: ‘Wrong call, it’s a clear penalty.’

The former top referee thinks Anthony Taylor was standing in the wrong position, looking for potential fouls in the box, rather than what is happening with the taking of the free-kick.

Gallagher saying the referee needs to find a place to stand where he can see both the kick being taken and potential grappling/fouling in the penalty area.

What was strange about this one, is that the referee appeared to get distracted as the kick was going to be taken, meaning he wasn’t really looking at anything of importance.

Bottom line is, a pretty shocking mistake to have made in this age of Premier League full-time professional referees.

Dermot Gallagher speaking to Sky Sports:


“With Newcastle 2-0 up at Old Trafford, Jonjo Shelvey whips a free-kick into the box that hits Ashley Young’s arm as he goes to block it.

“Referee Anthony Taylor incorrectly awards a goal-kick and waves away penalty appeals.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Wrong call, it’s a clear penalty.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

 “It raises an interesting point.

“The referees are going to have to think about where to stand for a free-kick.

“His priority is what is going on in the box – is there going to be a foul?

“I think the learning point is to try and find a different angle so you can see both the free-kick and what’s going on in the box.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Manchester United 3 Newcastle United 2


Newcastle: Kenedy 7, Muto 10

Man Utd: Mata 70, Martial 76, Sanchez 90

Possession was Man Utd 73% Newcastle 27%

Total shots were  Man Utd 18 Newcastle 13

Shots on target were Man Utd 10 Newcastle 8

Corners were  Man Utd 10 Newcastle 6

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy (Murphy 68), Perez (Joselu 88), Muto (Atsu 78)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Clark, Schar, Hayden

Crowd: 74,519 (NUFC Approx 3,000)

(Alan Shearer blames referee for Newcastle not beating Man Utd – Read Here)

(NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s cruel defeat Here)

(Positives and Negatives from the match Here)

(A tale of two benches – Read Here)


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