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)

  • Wor Lass

    I agree that we don`t get the rub of the green where penalties (and sendings-off!) are concerned but, in this instance, I think the ref got it right. Yedlin stuck both hands up in an “unnatural position” and we would have been fuming if an opposition player had done that and we hadn`t got a pen ( we probably wouldn`t have, come to think of it). What they should have been asking Gallagher was why the heck we didn`t get a pen for the foul on Perez in the box. To me, it was clear cut.

    • Dillon Tovak

      I agree ours was a pen but I think the one in the other game should have been.

      • Big Al 1967

        Gallagher was a joke as a ref and is just as bad as a pundit For the record I think both are pens but to say Lowton had his hands across his face and therefore is okay is just ridiculous. Where in the rulebook does it say handball will not be given if the ball hits you on the hand while protecting you face? MUPPET

    • Salty

      Looking at the replay , the Perez incident was never a penalty. As he he spends most games on his backside or with arms in the air looking for free kicks that never are, referees will be reluctant to give him a soft penalty. Funnily enough, Rafa has called out Muto in looking for free kicks but that doesn’t seem to apply to his favourite amigo

      • Ram Kishore

        Muto doesn’t cry about Penalties all the time or over react, he just gets up and carries on with his business. That’s the attitude that’s been missing from the players. Not to forget the untouchable Neymar

        • Salty

          I didn’t say he did. Rafa did. I was impressed with Muto’s contribution in Saturday, as you say, exactly what is needed. If he doesn’t start next game Rafa will d serve any criticism that comes his way

          • Ram Kishore

            I didn’t mean that way. I was just pointing out that why players have to over react..
            Perez almost got carded against palace because of his act. It was a foul from Sakho but his act was so senseless wasting time..ugh

          • Salty

            See what you mean. Muto must deserve a chance after that, though old Trafford may not be the best place to impress so should start v Brighton as well. And give Ritchie 90 minuets

      • Wor Lass

        I still think it WAS a pen but that`s football – I can see why the ref didn`t give it, especially, as you say, with Perez`s tendency to hit the turf at every opportunity. I actually think he`s a decent player and would look better in a better team. If you think about all (!) of our most threatening moves this season I reckon Perez would have been heavily involved in the vast majority of them.

        • Salty

          He should be involved in all our goals given in he plays in the pivotal 10 role. The difference between him and 21 yr old Maddison was frightening. All the links with better teams he’s had have lost no gine. When eventually he’s moved on it will be to an average team in Spain. Stat for Palace game- 19 pass made in the game. Beardsley would have done that in 15 minutes

    • Billmag

      Agreed about Yedlin but you have to give the Cardiff one also and later on he gave his verdict on the Perez one, no penalty surprise surprise.

    • simonjames60

      never a penalty for perez incident.
      he slips after he stops and grabs hold of maguire as he’s falling down
      foul on maguire if anything

  • Dillon Tovak

    Gallagher always goes against us. Unprofessional gimp.

    • Danimal

      100%, not once has he called in our favour.

  • TheTradge

    Agree that it was a penalty against us as Yedlin had his arms up, however you can’t ignore the fact that in general, referees tend to give decisions against us, for some reason there seems to be a collective hatred of NUFC by match officials and pundits, what have we done to deserve that?!