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Former top referee rules on Newcastle v Manchester City controversial incident

12 months 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 v Manchester City match incidents.

The incident was in the build up to the final goal of the game.

Great work by Miguel Almiron on the right, releasing Javier Manquillo who had bombed forward with Newcastle having gone 2-1 down and only a few minutes left.

As Manquillo ran past him, Fernandino looked to have cynically taken the Newcastle player out.

Already on a yellow, referee Chris Kavanagh amazed Newcastle fans when not sending the Man City player off.

Thankfully Shelvey scored from the free-kick.

Just imagine though if Fernandinho had blocked the shot with the keeper beaten.

Somehow, Dermot Gallagher reckons it was a case of ‘trying to ease him out with his body’ rather than the cynical foul we all saw.

Gallagher thinking the ref got it right.

I’m guessing that if it had been at the other end we would have all feared the worst.

Whilst you can say Newcastle weren’t impacted by  no red card, if they’d gone to 10 men then could have been interesting Newcastle breaking as Man City pushed for the winner with only 10 men.

Dermot Gallagher speaking to Sky Sports:


“On a yellow card, Fernandinho fouls Javier Manquillo on the edge of the Man City box. Referee Chris Kavanagh gives a foul, but no second yellow.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“I think no second yellow.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“I think he’s showing him the line, trying to ease him out with his body.

“I’d be very surprised if a player is sent off for a second yellow for that.

“You want to send someone off for an absolute yellow card.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2  – Saturday 30 November 12.30pm


Newcastle United:

Willems 25, Shelvey 88

Man City:

Sterling 22, De Bruyne 82

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Possession was Man City 77% (78%), Newcastle 23% (22%)

Total shots were Man City 24 (9), Newcastle 6 (3)

Shots on target were Man City 9 (4), Newcastle 3 (2)

Corners were Man City 10 (4), Newcastle 1 (1)

Crowd: 49,937 (3,200 Man City)

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Newcastle team v Man City:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Fernandez, Dummett, Clark, Willems, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 80), Almiron, Joelinton (Gayle 69)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Krafth, Matty Longstaff, Schar, Sean Longstaff

(Steve Bruce makes unnecessary Jonjo Shelvey comments after draw v Manchester City – Read HERE)

(John Stones says Manchester City still very much in title race despite Newcastle’s ‘Two sloppy goals’ – Read HERE)

(Pep Guardiola philosophical as Premier League title hopes end at St James Park – read HERE)

(Watch official match highlights and all four goals from Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2 – Watch HERE)

(Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s draw – Read HERE)


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