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Former top referee rules on this controversial Newcastle v Tottenham incident

1 month 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 Newcastle v Tottenham match.

Dermot Gallagher looking at a key incident, in a game in which Newcastle got off to a flying start via Callum Wilson’s early goal, before then after five / ten minutes Tottenham going on to completely dominate.

Dermot Gallagher speaking on Ref Watch on Sky Sports:


With Newcastle United trailing 3-1 and trying to get the goal to get back into the gam, Tottenham break down the Newcastle left.

A couple of yards outside the left hand side of the 18 yard box, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg crosses the ball.

Matt Ritchie, a few yards inside the box, jumps to try and block and turns side on at the same time, the ball hitting his outstretched arm.

No penalty given.

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“I said I thought he [Matt Ritchie] was very lucky.

“If handball had been given I don’t think he could have argued.

“But I think what went into their minds [match officials and VAR] is that it has come a short distance, it has come at speed.

“But for me I thought it was handball [and a penalty].”

So Dermot Gallagher clearly thinking referee Andre Marriner and his assistants got this wrong.

Plus raising the question of whether VAR should have intervened.

Obviously this one a judgement call as the ball didn’t travel a long way, though there again it was around half a dozen yards and not a couple of yards.

Matt Ritchie did have his arm outstretched and I think definitely a one where we would have been disappointed if Newcastle had been denied a penalty in this kind of incident. So NUFC maybe got away with that one.

Though I did think that the Kane goal should possibly have been offside. Maybe it would have been called that if not for that decision to now give the attacking side a bit more benefit of the doubt when it comes to marginal offside decisions.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Tottenham 3- Sunday 17 October 4.30pm



Ndombele 17, Kane 22, Son 45+4


Wilson 2, Shelvey red card 83, Dier OG 89

(In brackets the first half stats)

Possession was Tottenham 64% (59%) Newcastle 36% (41%)

Total shots were Tottenham 14 (8)  Newcastle 7 (4)

Shots on target were Tottenham 4 (4) Newcastle 1 (1)

Corners were Tottenham 9 (3) Newcastle 2 (1)

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Sean Longstaff (Shelvey 60), Hayden, Willock (Murphy 77), Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Wilson (Fraser 77)

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Schar, Lewis, Fernandez, Hendrick, Gayle

(The elephant in the room at Newcastle United – Read HERE)

(Steve Bruce utters the dreaded four words after Newcastle 2 Tottenham 3 – Read HERE)

(Nuno plays it for laughs when discussing how Tottenham won 3-2 against Newcastle United – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 2 Tottenham 3 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 2 Tottenham 3 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Sunday’s defeat – Read HERE)


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