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Former top referee rules on controversial incident in Liverpool v Newcastle game

1 year 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 Liverpool v Newcastle match incident.

Dermot Gallagher looking at the coming together of Jamaal Lascelles and Joel Matip.

The former top ref saying that Andre Marriner (the referee on the pitch at Anfield) was in the correct position for when a corner is taken.

However, he believes that Marriner got the decision wrong.

Dermot Gallagher accepts that others think it wasn’t a penalty but he does.

As for VAR not getting involved, Gallagher says that ‘If a subjective decision goes to VAR, it has to meet their threshold’, which it clearly didn’t.

Which basically means (I think!) that because Andre Marriner has clearly seen the incident and decided it wasn’t a penalty, then VAR can only get involved if they think the referee has missed something that is really really obvious.

I’m happy to admit that it was probably a penalty but judging by the whingeing we have heard from Liverpool fans and friendly media, just imagine if the scousers had ended up not winning!

When you think of how many soft decisions they get, including Salah diving and cheating for a penalty against Newcastle previously, you would think they should be able to accept the odd one that doesn’t go their way.

Dermot Gallagher speaking to Sky Sports:


“As a corner was delivered by Liverpool, Lascelles pulled Matip to the floor near the far post with his arms around shoulders.

“However, referee Andre Marriner waved away the claims for a penalty with nothing awarded through VAR.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Incorrect decision.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“The positioning of referee Andre Marriner is where you’d expect him to be for a corner.

“He obviously didn’t think there was enough contact, he can tell that. But I think it was a penalty, others don’t.

“It is more difficult for the assistant because he’s got a flat look at it.

“In incidents like that, you want to be looking sideways on to see the impact.

“If a subjective decision goes to VAR, it has to meet their threshold.

“I can’t tell you what that is but it hasn’t met it for overturning, so the assistant at Stockley Park can’t give a penalty.”

The view from (Referees organisation) PGMOL

There was always going to be extra focus on VAR this week, after referees chief, Mike Riley exclusively told Sky Sports News that VAR had made four mistakes so far this season.

Jurgen Klopp admitted he was bemused his side were not awarded a penalty. The decision has sparked debate among fans, pundits and commentators.

PGMOL insist the VAR didn’t make a mistake and it was a subjective decision. There was contact, but it was not a clear and obvious error. Equally, had the on-field official given a penalty, that would not have been overruled by VAR either. It could, therefore, have gone either way.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 14 September 12.30pm



Willems 7


Mane 28, 40, Salah 72

Possession was Liverpool 76% Newcastle 24%

Total shots were Liverpool 21 Newcastle 8

Shots on target were Liverpool 9 Newcastle 1

Corners were Liverpool 10 Newcastle 1

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle team v Liverpool:

Dubravka, Krafth (Manquillo 67), Schar (Fernandez 80), Lascelles, Dummett, Willems, Hayden, Shelvey, Atsu, Almiron (Muto 67), Joelinton

Unused Subs

Darlow, Clark, Ki, Matty Longstaff

Crowd: 51,430  (3,000 Newcastle)

(Jurgen Klopp react to the comeback win HERE)

(Steve Bruce talks after the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool HERE)

(Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to defeat at Anfield HERE)


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