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

4 weeks 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 on the Aston Villa v Newcastle match.

Dermot Gallagher looking at a key incident, in a game which the home side eventually won 2-0.

Dermot Gallagher speaking to Sky Sports:


‘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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