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Former top referee rules on these controversial Newcastle v Arsenal incidents

5 months ago

Dermot Gallagher reviews controversial decisions in the Premier League after each round of games, on behalf of Sky Sports.

The former top referee has now given his call(s) on the Newcastle v Arsenal match.

Dermot Gallagher actually looking at two different incidents, not just one, in this match which the Magpies lost 2-0.

The first incident that Dermot Gallagher considers is the awarding of a red card to Fabian Schar in the final stages of the match, when he slides into a challenge on Martinelli.

The other incident that Dermot Gallagher has looked at, was when stand-in left-back Granit Xhaka obstructs / body checks Sean Longstaff. Already having been booked, Mike Dean gives a free-kick but no yellow card, which would then have seen Xhaka sent off.

Dermot Gallagher believes that Newcastle United were unlucky on both counts.

The former top PL referee believes that Fabian Schar makes contact with his studs BUT not forcefully AND those studs make contact on Martinelli’s boot, not his Achilles.

With the Xhaka incident, in commentary they said that the Swiss international would have been booked, if he hadn’t already picked up a yellow.

Dermot Gallagher makes clear he thinks the same AND clearly indicates that whilst there was a decision still to be made on whether a warning or a booking, he would have given the second yellow card and subsequent red.

Absolutely zero doubt that Arsenal deserved to win the match as they totally dominated play and chances BUT still a game that could potentially have changed if the decisions by officials had deservedly gone their way.

Dermot Gallagher speaking to Sky Sports:

First Incident:

“Steve Bruce was unhappy with the red card shown to Fabian Schar for a foul on Gabriel Martinelli.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Unlucky to be sent off.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“It was a little bit unlucky.

“I can understand Mike Dean, he has pointed that he has gone through with his studs, but when you look, I do not think the studs actually made contact forcefully.

“I think he has caught him on the boot, it is not as if it was the Achilles and he was a little bit unlucky, but what I would say is Mike Dean has a far, far better view where he was than I have.”

Second Incident:

“Granit Xhaka elbows Sean Longstaff when already on a yellow card.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“No complaints had Xhaka be given a second yellow.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“I thought it was a body check.

“I saw that he had already had a yellow card for a hack at Allan Saint-Maximin earlier in the game and I see this and think the referee [Mike Dean] has got a decision to make – does he give him a last warning, does he give him a second yellow card and send him off?

“He chose the former, but had he chosen the latter, Xhaka could not have complained.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Arsenal 2 – Sunday 2 May 2pm



Schar red card 90


Elneny 5, Aubameyang 66

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Possession was Arsenal 62% (61%) Newcastle 38% (39%)

Total shots were Arsenal 19 (13)  Newcastle 5 (3)

Shots on target were Arsenal 5 (3) Newcastle 1 (1)

Corners were Arsenal 7 (4) Newcastle 3 (2)

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Murphy, Fernandez (Schar 72), Clark (Gayle 84), Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Sean Longstaff, Almiron (Joelinton 73), Wilson, Saint-Maximin

Unused Subs:

Mark Gillespie, Emil Krafth, Jamal Lewis, Matty Longstaff, Jeff Hendrick, Elliot Anderson

Crowd: 00,000

(Steve Bruce says plan was to be aggressive and on front foot from kick-off against Arsenal – Read HERE)

(Jonjo Shelvey forced to walk dog on Sunday night to get his 10,000 steps in – Read HERE)

(Steve Bruce finally runs out of luck – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 0 Arsenal 2 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 0 Arsenal 2 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Sunday’s defeat – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 0 Arsenal Reserves 2 – Total capitulation from Steve Bruce – Read HERE)


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