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

Dermot Gallagher looking at a key incident, the circumstances when Newcastle United equalised on 30 minutes.

The incident:

Trailing 1-0, a Shelvey corner is headed down by Dan Burn and Bruno Guimaraes gets a touch close in but Kasper Schmeichel blocks.

Bruno perseveres and a couple of touches later, the ball is in the back of the net.

Referee on the pitch Jarred Gillett disallows due to a supposed foul on the keeper by the Brazilian. However, VAR quickly intervenes, directs Jarred Gillett to the pitchside monitor and he overturns his original decision, giving Bruno and Newcastle the equaliser.

Bruno GuimaraesSky Sports presenter:

“Newcastle United equaliser against Leicester, initially ruled out for a foul on Kasper Schmeichel. Good use of the VAR here then?”

Dermot Gallagher:

“Absolutely brilliant.

“Because I think the referee feels that he (Schmeichel) has got his hand on the ball, which he doesn’t. He (Jarred Gillett) gives a foul.

“If you look, there is clearly no foul.

“Goalkeeper is playing as a defender isn’t he. Hasn’t gone to use his hands, he has gone to use his feet. The ball goes loose, he goes to use his feet as a full-back.

“If you attacked a full-back like that, then you’d expect a goal. I think that is the key issue for me.

“VAR was really really good there, because the minute it happened and the goal disallowed, VAR immediately said (to the referee) don’t restart, need to check this.

“Looked at it a couple of times, no foul, said to the referee to go and look at the screen.

“In my opinion there is no foul.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Leicester 1 – Sunday 17 April 2.15pm



Lookman 19


Bruno G 30, 90+5

Possession was Leicester 69% Newcastle 31%

Total shots were Leicester 8 Newcastle 16

Shots on target were Leicester 2 Newcastle 7

Corners were Leicester 5 Newcastle 3

Referee: Jarred Gillett

Crowd: 52,104 (2,400 Leicester)

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Burn, Targett, Shelvey, Guimaraes, Joelinton, Almiron (Murphy 70), Saint-Maximin (Gayle 90+1), Wood (Willock 69)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Dummett, Longstaff, Ritchie, Fernandez, Lascelles

(Match Report : ‘Message for Bruno Guimaraes after 2 goals and MOTM – I think that deal may already have been struck old son’ – Read HERE)

(Eddie Howe perfectly sums up Newcastle 2 Leicester 1 – Reflecting on Bruno and this massive win – Read HERE)

(Garth Crooks bizarre description of Newcastle 2 Leicester 1 as picks NUFC star in PL team of the week – Read HERE)

(This is brilliant from Brendan Rodgers after Newcastle 2 Leicester 1 – Fair play to Foxes boss – Read HERE)

(Watch brilliant Bruno Guimaraes winner HERE – Newcastle 2 Leicester 1 match highlights)

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(Newcastle 2 Leicester 1 – The three big points that I’m taking from the match – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 2 Leicester 1 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 2 Leicester 1 – Instant NUFC fan / writer reaction to Sunday afternoon victory – Read HERE)


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