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Former top referee rules on Newcastle 3 Southampton 1 controversial incident

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 an incident in the Newcastle 3 Southampton 1 match.

The former top referee looking at the potential red card incident when the game was goalless.

A Southampton corner cleared and suddenly Miguel Almiron racing away with the ball, only for James Ward-Prowse to cynically take him out. The Southampton man the only one between Almiron and Rondon (who was running parallel to the Paraguayan) and the Southampton goal and goalkeeper.

Dermot Gallagher suggests that it was never a red card for ‘all kinds of reasons’ but surely it was only due to one possible reason.

That was the distance to the Southampton goal, Almiron still 10 yards inside his own half. If it had been 10 yards inside the Saints half then I reckon even Anthony Taylor would have given a red card.

The distance is one thing but two others should surely have to be taken into account as well, to strengthen the case for a sending off.

Firstly, the fact that it wasn’t just Almiron, he had Rondon also running parallel to him.

Secondly, Almiron and Rondon were 10 yards ahead of the next nearest Southampton player, it wasn’t as though they were just a yard or two behind.

Dermot Gallagher speaking to Sky Sports:


Newcastle break from a Southampton corner and are two (Almiron and Rondon) on one (Ward-Prowse). The Southampton player last (outfield) man and cynically taking out Almiron.

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

Correct decision, yellow not red card.

Dermot Gallagher says:

“There are all kinds of reasons why this isn’t a red card.

“Firstly, the probability and distance, sixty or seventy yards (away from goal).

“He (Almiron) is not in possession of the ball, so you will have to ask if he gets there.

“So many variables…

“The way the rules are written you cannot send him (James Ward-Prowse) off.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 3 Southampton 1



Perez 27, 31, 86


Lemina 59

Possession was Southampton 57% Newcastle 43%

Total shots were Southampton 15 Newcastle 14

Shots on target were Southampton 3 Newcastle 6

Corners were Southampton 11 Newcastle 4

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Schar (Fernandez 69), Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden (Diame 78), Ki, Almiron (Atsu 64), Perez, Rondon

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Shelvey, Muto, Yedlin

Crowd: 52,191 (1,700 Southampton)

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