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Former top referee rules on Tottenham v Newcastle United 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 these two Tottenham v Newcastle United match incidents.

One of the incidents was a little different but brought a definitive answer.

Dermot Gallagher looking at the footage that showed ‘ice’ falling off the Wembley arch, not missing players by much, especially Martin Dubravka.

Gallager says that the ‘Match Manager ‘ cleared this one up.

Apparently the ice had already been rcmoved and what was falling was actually wet snow, the officials deciding that it wasn’t dangerous.

More controversial for Newcastle fans was the build up to the winning goal, Llorente appearing to use his chest and upper arm to knock the ball down to Son.

Dermot Gallagher says that if the referee wasn’t sure that had been the case (ball hitting the arm) then he was right to allow play to continue and subsequently, the goal to stand.

I thought you could see it did hit his upper arm (as well as chest) and of course once VAR comes in next season into the Premier League, this would surely be an incident that would/could be looked at again by the referee. I think it would have been a toss of coin whether a referee using VAR would have ruled the goal off.

Dermot Gallagher speaking to Sky Sports:


“Heung-Min Son fires home a late winner for Spurs but was there a handball in the build-up by Fernando Llorente?”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:


Dermot Gallagher says:

“This was only noticed five minutes after the goal was scored – having watched the replay I’m still unsure whether it hits his arm.

“The referee has to be sure and he wasn’t – so he let the play continue.”


“Ice falling from the Wembley arch caused issues, narrowly missing Martin Dubravka.

“With freezing temperatures overnight, there was concern for the lunchtime Premier League match, with clumps of ice seen falling onto the pitch from the famous arch over the national stadium.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“The Match Manager has said that what actually was falling was wet snow and not ice, which had been removed.

“So what was coming down was soft snowballs – the officials declared that it wasn’t dangerous.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0


Tottenham: Son 83

Possession was Tottenham 72% Newcastle 28%

Total shots were Tottenham 21 Newcastle 8

Shots on target were Tottenham 4 Newcastle 2

Corners were Tottenham 6 Newcastle 3

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie (Barreca 86), Hayden, Longstaff, Atsu (Kenedy 82), Perez, Rondon

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Clark, Joselu, Manquillo Fernandez

Crowd: 41,219 (Newcastle 3,200)

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

(Please send us your NUFC player ratings v Tottenham HERE)

(Mauricio Pochettino reacts to the win over Newcastle HERE)

(Read our match report from the game HERE)

(The positives and negatives from Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0 – Read HERE)


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