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Former top referee rules on Tottenham v Newcastle United controversial incident

5 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 this Tottenham v Newcastle United match incident.

Predictably it is the was/wasn’t it a penalty?

Jamaal Lascelles falling to the floor before Harry Kane did likewise.

VAR intervened but then agreed with Dermot Gallagher after reviewing the incident.

Dermot Gallagher says it was a penalty, when he first saw it.

However, he admits that ‘when I’ve seen it from the other side, I’m not so sure.’

In the end, Dermot Gallagher says that the incident was ‘correctly handled’ by Mike Dean and VAR.

Earlier, Stan Collymore simply said Harry Kane was cheating.

Newcastle’s first Premier League brush with VAR was a positive one, here’s hoping that continues.

Dermot Gallagher speaking to Sky Sports:

Dermot Gallagher says:

“Correctly handled.”


“Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles appeared to foul Harry Kane in the area, losing his footing and tumbling over in front of the striker with both players going to the floor.

“Referee Mike Dean initially waved away Tottenham’s claims and so did the VAR review.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

My initial reaction when I saw that was ‘penalty’, I couldn’t see that it wasn’t.

“But when I’ve seen it from the other side, I’m not so sure.

“It’s sparked lots of debate and I wonder if the ball goes to the right, Kane sees Lascelles come and he steps into him.

“I’m not convinced, I think a lot of people weren’t convinced and I can understand why the VAR can’t overturn it.

“I don’t think it is a penalty now, but I did at the time. It’s because of that doubt that VAR can’t intervene.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1 – Sunday 25 August 4.30pm



Joelinton 27

Possession was Tottenham 80% Newcastle 20%

Total shots were Tottenham 16 Newcastle 8

Shots on target were Tottenham 2 Newcastle 3

Corners were Tottenham 6 Newcastle 6

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle team v Tottenham:

Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Lascelles (Fernandez 82), Dummett,  Hayden, Longstaff, Ritchie, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 17), Almiron, Joelinton (Muto 88)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Manquillo, Willems, Shelvey

Crowd: 59,245  (3,000 NUFC)

(Mauricio Pochettino not happy with the game – Read HERE)

(Watch official match highlights HERE)

(Read match ratings for all NUFC players HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the win – Read HERE)


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