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Former top referee now rules on this second controversial Aston Villa v Newcastle incident

3 weeks ago

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

On Monday, we brought you the verdict (see below) of the former top referee on one call during the Aston Villa v Newcastle match.

Sky Sports releasing video of Dermot Gallagher talking about the Jamaal Lascelles penalty verdict.

Dermot Gallagher saying that he felt the penalty was the correct decision after the ball hit Lascelles’ outstretched arm.

At that time, this incident during the Villa match was the only one that Sky Sports had featured Gallagher’s thoughts on, however, they then later have released quotes from Dermot Gallagher relating to the later and far more controversial incident that happened with 15 minutes to go.

Callum Wilson taken out by a ridiculous ‘challenge’ from Villa keeper Martinez in the penalty area, only for the penalty not to be given due to a very close offside call, though a yellow card for Martinez still stood despite the offside given.

Dermot Gallagher felt that the offside decision was correct because whilst it was only marginal, ‘the lines did not overlap’, so the new more relaxed rules didn’t apply with regard to giving the attacking side the benefit of the doubt on close call offside VAR decisions.

As for the yellow card, the former top referee thinks it was correct for it to stand. However, he doesn’t address the concerns of many Newcastle fans, who felt that VAR could / should have got involved in upgrading it to a red card because the keeper’s actions were so dangerous and uncalled for.

Dermot Gallagher speaking to Sky Sports:


‘Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez felled Callum Wilson in the penalty area but VAR deemed the Newcastle striker offside.’


“The lines did not overlap, firstly, and therefore offside was given.

“Once the offside was given, it did not eliminate the goalkeeper because he committed an act of recklessness; he was given a yellow card by the on-field referee.

“I think it’s right that the tackle is still subject to disciplinary action – otherwise it’s a get-out-of-jail card because the player’s offside and that does not sit well.”

The earlier incident:

‘A deep cross from the left is headed back into the middle, Tyrone Mings heads the ball towards goal and it hits Jamaal Lascelles’ outstretched arm.

‘The incident is looked at by VAR who recommend the on-pitch referee looks at it again.

‘Referee David Coote goes to the pitchside monitor and then gives the penalty.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Correct decision, penalty.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“I think penalty and I think this falls into the bracket…where we will never get the grey area eliminated  but we are trying yo narrow it.

“If you put your arm out, that far, away from the body, and the ball strikes your arm, it is going to be a penalty.

“If you put your arm out like that and the ball strikes it and the ball is going towards goal, I think you know you run that risk.

“The VAR has looked at it, he thinks it is a penalty, he recommends the referee goes to have a look at it.

“I thought it was a penalty and it was no surprise to me when VAR says have a look.

“The referee has a look and (the referee says) yes I didn’t see that the first time around.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 0 – Saturday 21 August 3pm



Aston Villa:

Ings 45+3, El Ghazi 62 pen

(In brackets the first half stats)

Possession was Aston Villa 47% (60%) Newcastle 53% (40%)

Total shots were Aston Villa 10 (5)  Newcastle 9 (3)

Shots on target were Aston Villa 2 (1) Newcastle 1 (0)

Corners were Aston Villa 3 (2) Newcastle 4 (1)

Referee: David Coote

Newcastle United:

Woodman, Fernandez (Joelinton 77), Lascelles, Schar, Murphy, Hayden (Sean Longstaff 46), Almiron, Willock (Fraser 89), Ritchie, Wilson, Saint-Maximin

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Clark, Lewis, Hendrick, Krafth, Gayle

Crowd: 41,964 (2,950 Newcastle United)

(Steve Bruce totally embarrassing yet again, blames everybody but himself for Villa defeat – Read HERE)

(Match Report: Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 0 – Steve Bruce negativity sees NUFC fail and only have 1 shot on target – Read HERE)

(Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 0 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s second defeat of season – Read HERE)

(Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 0 – Steve Bruce negativity sees NUFC fail and only have 1 shot on target – Read HERE)

(Aston Villa boss says it didn’t take a ‘brilliant performance’ to beat Newcastle United – Read HERE)


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