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Former top referee rules on controversial incident in Newcastle United v Manchester United game

2 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 Newcastle United v Manchester United match incident.

The incident happening late in the second-half when Newcastle were leading.

Dermot Gallagher looking into whether Scott McTominay should have been red carded rather than receiving a yellow, when he ‘caught Sean Longstaff on the leg with his studs.’

Last weekend Dermot Gallagher gave his verdict on the Isaac Hayden red card at Leicester.

A week ago stating that Hayden ‘ticks all the boxes’ for a red card, as the challenge had ‘Speed, intensity and point of contact, it’s dangerous.’

Gallagher believing that ‘there is no defence’ for what the midfielder did and he deserved to go.

Many Newcastle fans believing that McTominay did deserve to be sent off, the same as Isaac Hayden the previous week.

However, Dermot Gallagher disagrees and explains why.

Dermot Gallagher speaking to Sky Sports:


“Towards the end of Newcastle’s win, Scott McTominay caught Sean Longstaff on the leg with his studs.

“It led to referee Mike Dean being surrounded by players from both sides, but it was just a yellow card for the Manchester United midfielder.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Correct decision.”

Dermot Gallagher commenting:

“There’s minimal contact, it’s a short distance and I do think he goes to pull out.

“He realises how close Sean Longstaff is and he just touches him.

“If he wanted to go through him, he could have carried on, but I think a yellow card is right.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle United 1  Manchester United 0 – Sunday 6 October 4.30pm


Newcastle United:

Matty Longstaff 72

Possession was Man Utd 69% Newcastle 31%

Total shots were Man Utd 12 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Man Utd 3 Newcastle 2

Corners were Man Utd 6 Newcastle 4

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle team v Leicester:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Clark, Willems, M Longstaff, S Longstaff, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 83), Almiron (Krafth 90), Joelinton (Carroll 56)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Dummett, Shelvey, Gayle

Crowd: 51,198 – Definitely not that many actually inside St James Park (3,200 Man Utd plus however many amongst the discounted tickets given to local universities/organisations, competition winners and tickets happily sold by Mike Ashley to Man Utd fans in home sections)

(David De Gea says Man Utd defeat to Newcastle was unacceptable – Read HERE)

(Stan Collymore perfectly sums up the Longstaff brothers sinking Manchester United – Read HERE)

(Watch the official match highlights HERE)

(Gary Neville distraught after Newcastle expose how poor Man Utd are – Read HERE)

(An emotional Matty Longstaff interviewed after MOTM performance and winning goal – Read/Watch HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Newcastle 1 Man Utd 0 – Read HERE)

(Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players after beating Man Utd – Read HERE)


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