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Former top referee rules on Newcastle v Wolves controversial incidents

2 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 calls on two Newcastle v Wolves match incidents.

They were arguably the two incidents that ended up deciding the outcome of the match, paving the way for a Wolves victory.

This might give you a clue to his thinking when Dermot Gallagher declares ‘Mike Dean had a top-drawer performance…’ after reviewing Sunday’s match.

On the DeAndre Yedlin red card, the former top ref says the decision was ‘100 per cent’ correct and even if VAR had been available, it would have backed up Mike Deans’ decision, according to Dermot Gallagher.

As for the elbow in the face of Ayoze Perez, Gallagher says no penalty or red card, claiming that Boly doesn’t throw his elbow, instead it being a total accident in his opinion.

Dermot Gallagher speaking to Sky Sports:


“Newcastle were reduced to 10 men in the 57th minute when DeAndre Yedlin slipped as he tried to play the ball to Jamaal Lascelles.

“It allowed Jota to get past the defender, who deliberately pulled him back just outside the penalty area.

“The referee showed him a straight red card.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Correct decision.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“Mike Dean had a top-drawer performance, I would say, and got all the big decisions correct.

“It is 100 per cent a red card and VAR would have endorsed his decision.

“The law says he has to be able to get a shot away, he’s got the ball under control, he takes one step forward and if you do that, you can shoot.

“You don’t have to wait for the defender to challenge you.”


“Wilfred Boly caught Ayoze Perez in the face with an elbow, seeing the Newcastle forward go to ground clutching his face in the area.

“Neither a red card nor penalty was given by the referee.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Correct decision.”

Dermot Says:

“I think Mike Dean believes Boly is using his arm for leverage rather than a weapon.

“If you look at it, he raises his arms, which all players do to get off the ground.

“I thought the ball had hit him in the face anyhow – which it does eventually – but I don’t think he throws his elbow, it’s always there.

“Because of the challenge for the ball, there’s no doubt he connects with him, but I think it is just a thing that happens.

“It is physical contact but I don’t think it is something where he has gone to hit him.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Wolves 2


Newcastle: Perez 23 (Yedlin red card 57)

Wolves: Jota 17, Doherty 90+4

Possession was Wolves 49% Newcastle 51%

Total shots were  Wolves 13 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Wolves 6 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Wolves 6 Newcastle 4

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez (Manquillo 46), Clark, Ritchie, Diame, Ki, Atsu (Kenedy 89), Rondon (Joselu 86), Perez

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Longstaff, Muto, Dummett

Crowd: 50,223 (Wolves 3,000)

(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the defeat HERE)

(Read the NUFC player match ratings HERE)

(Nuno Espirito Santo verdict HERE)

(Wolves pundit admits on Sky Sports that Newcastle were cheated – Read HERE)


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