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Former top referee rules on this controversial Liverpool v Newcastle 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 this incident in the Liverpool v Newcastle match.

Dermot Gallagher looking at a key incident, the circumstances leading up to when Liverpool equalised on 21 minutes.

The incident:

A Liverpool corner from the left saw a group of players come together on the edge of the six yard box, two Newcastle players falling to the ground, Isaac Hayden staying there, lying flat to the ground.

Play was allowed to continue despite Hayden lying there motionless, the ball eventually worked around to the Liverpool right. The ball crossed in towards where the Newcastle player was still lying flat out, the ball reaching Jota, Dubravka an excellent close range save but could do nothing with the follow up. This action happening all with a few yards of the still motionless Isaac Hayden.

The goal given, Liverpool equalise, Mike Dean at last signalling for somebody to come on and see if Isaac Hayden was ok.

Dermot Gallagher talking to Sky Sports about that Liverpool equaliser:

Dermot Gallagher:

“All they [VAR] can check is, was there an offence.

“Well quite clearly, there wasn’t an offence.

“The only thing was a head injury.

“Because Mike Dan didn’t see the head injury, he can’t act on it. VAR can’t intervene.

“So unfortunately for Newcastle, it is a valid goal.

“You must play to the whistle. 

“It did happen very very fast.

“In fairness to Mike Dean, it happened very fast.

“He was unaware of it, I think that is the key word, he was unaware of it.

“If he had been aware of it, there is no doubt what so ever, player’s safety is paramount, so he would have stopped it.

“We have seen this all season, referees are very alert to that, very quick at stopping play.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t happen this time because of the speed of the move.

“We are talking about it because of the consequence, rather than the unfortunate down side for Isaac Hayden. If it hadn’t gone in the net but sailed over the bar, really it would have been washed away.”

In one way, you can accept a lot of the reasoning above from Dermot Gallagher.

However, after the match, Eddie Howe said that Mike Dean told him that he didn’t stop play because he thought Isaac Hayden had a back injury, rather than a head one. It wasn’t because he didn’t see the incident, or Isaac Hayden lying on the floor not moving. Instead, he diagnosed the injury from 20-30 yards away, claiming he saw Hayden holding his back, when the reality is that TV replays showed the NUFC midfielder with hands on his head.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Thursday 16 December 8pm

(Half-time stats in brackets)



Jota 21, Salah 25, Alexander-Arnold 87


Shelvey 7

Possession was Liverpool 74% (77%) Newcastle 26% (23%)

Total shots were Liverpool 23 (12) Newcastle 4 (2)

Shots on target were Liverpool 8 (6) Newcastle 2 (2)

Corners were Liverpool 11 (6) Newcastle 0 (0)

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Lewis (Ritchie 15), Hayden, Murphy, Shelvey, Fraser (Willock 87), Saint-Maximin (Wilson 79), Joelinton

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Hendrick, Gayle, Longstaff, Almiron, Clark

(Jurgen Klopp says he can understand why Eddie Howe might ‘not be happy about that’ – Read HERE)

(Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)

(3 questions to ask on controversial incident that won game for Liverpool against Newcastle United – Read HERE)

(Eddie Howe points finger of blame at Mike Dean after Newcastle United defeat at Anfield – Read HERE)

(Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Thursday’s defeat – Read HERE)


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