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

10 months 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 United v Manchester United match incidents.

On both occasions he thinks the match officials got the decisions wrong.

Dermot Gallagher claiming Newcastle United got the benefit both times.

Jamaal Lascelles made contact with Marcus Rashford a few times, in and around the box and referring to one of these incidents, claims it should have been whistled up, but was a free-kick outside the box and not a penalty.

More contentiously was the Shelvey foul on Pogba.

Paul Pogba had been making a meal of things previous to this and when Jonjo Shelvey challenged him, the Frenchman once again collapsed to the ground.

Andre Marriner gave a free-kick but Dermot Gallagher says it should have been a red, thinking the referee didn’t have a great view.

However, he says Newcastle shouldn’t have to worry about retrospective action and punishment for the Newcastle player, as by giving the free-kick, Marriner is indicating that he has seen and dealt with it on the pitch.

Dermot Gallagher speaking to Sky Sports:


“A high tackle from midfielder Jonjo Shelvey on Paul Pogba only results in a free-kick for Manchester United.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Red Card.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“It’s a red card because he’s high, he’s come with force, and the point of contact is just too much, it’s gone down his leg.

“The referee is behind Shelvey so whether his body has shielded him I don’t know.

“He’s given a free-kick so the argument would be no [retrospective action].”


“Jamaal Lascelles barges Marcus Rashford off the ball on the edge of the area, but no foul is awarded.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Foul – free-kick.”

Dermot Says:

“I thought it was a foul, but I think it’s outside the box.

“When he barges him it’s just outside – not a penalty.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 2

Goals: Lukaku 64, Rashford 80

Possession was Man Utd 65% Newcastle 35%

Total shots were  Man Utd 16 Newcastle 14

Shots on target were Man Utd 7 Newcastle 3

Corners were  Man Utd 2 Newcastle United 1

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar (Muto 81), Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden, Diame (Shelvey 53), Perez (Kenedy 69), Atsu, Rondon

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Joselu, Manquillo, Lejeune

Crowd: 52,217 (3,000 Man Utd)

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