Get your daily update and weekly newsletter by signing up today!


Former top referee rules on Newcastle and Cardiff controversial incidents

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 two incidents this weekend.

Dermot Gallagher claiming that the two incidents were similar but not the same.

One was at the Cardiff v Burnley match and the other at St James Park during Newcastle v Leicester.

Both were claims for penalties and both happening when the two games were goalless at the time.

Just before half-time at Cardiff, Callum Paterson saw an overhead kick hit Burnley defender Matt Lowton on the arm.

Meanwhile, on the half hour mark a scramble following a corner saw Harry Maguire blast a ball from close range against the arm of DeAndre Yedlin.

Cardiff didn’t get a penalty and went on to lose 2-1, whilst Leicester did get a spot-kick which Jamie Vardy scored, a game that had looked pretty even instead becoming a bit of a stroll for the Foxes once they took the lead.

Dermot Gallagher believes that both referees got these penalty decisions correct.

The former top referee claiming that because Yedlin’s arm/hand was ‘extended’, it turned it into an offence.

This is the kind of incident where in the past it would almost never have been given, as it would have been called ‘ball to hand’ rather than ‘hand to ball’. Maguire blasted the ball from only around two or three yards away and Yedlin couldn’t get his arm out of the way. In these situations it is all but impossible for your arms not to automatically rise as you react/jump.

It wouldn’t be so bad but Newcastle rarely seem to get similar luck at the other end…


“Callum Paterson’s overhead kick strikes Burnley defender Matt Lowton on the arm, but no penalty is given, with Warnock later calling it a “certain” spot kick.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Correct call, no penalty.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“His [Lowton] hands are in front of his face here – the one with [Newcastle defender DeAndre] Yedlin is his hand is extended.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Leicester 2


Leicester: Vardy 30, Maguire 73

Possession was Leicester 59% Newcastle 41%

Total shots were  Leicester 12 Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Leicester 5 Newcastle 1

Corners were  Leicester 9 Newcastle 5

Referee: Simon Hooper

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin (Manquillo 80), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Murphy 65), Shelvey, Diame, Atsu, Perez (Muto 69), Joselu

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Schar, Longstaff, Hayden

Crowd: 51,523 (3,000 Leicester approx)

(Video – Absolute disgrace as Mike Ashley sends in his people to take down Rafa Benitez and Kevin Keegan banners – Watch here)

(To read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Leicester defeat go HERE)

(To read the Newcastle player match ratings go HERE)

(Disgraceful lies as newspaper headlines claim ‘Newcastle fans turn on Rafa Benitez after Leicester’ – Read HERE)

(Paul Merson has his say on the Leicester match, Mike Ashley and Newcastle United HERE)

(Read our Newcastle 0 Leicester 2 match report HERE)


If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]

Have your say

© 2021 The Mag. All Rights Reserved. Design & Build by Mediaworks