Former Premier League referee agrees with Newcastle’s handball decision and has something to say about Chelsea raid

Dermot Gallagher agrees with referee Rob Jones’ decision not to award Newcastle United a penalty against Chelsea. Midway through the first half, Toon supporters raged when Dan Burn’s cross hit Trevor Chalobah’s arm inside the box.

Loud appeals for a penalty were rejected and VAR did not appear to re-analyze the incident. Had Newcastle not won the game, the decision would no doubt have been further highlighted and angered Eddie Howe.

The official ruling of the IFAB establishes: “It is an offense if the player touches the ball with his hand or arm when his body has increased abnormally. A player is considered to have enlarged his body abnormally when the position of his hand or arm is not a consequence of, or justifiable by, the movement of the player’s body for that specific situation”.

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However, Gallagher insists the referee made the right call at St James’ Park. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “We’ve seen this a number of times. We’ve seen it last season and now we’ve seen it here. His arm is on the ground, supporting his body. He hits him, but you know he can’t suddenly cross his arms.

The former official also spoke about the post-match ruckus that took place between Burn and Blues striker Kai Havertz. Tensions had nearly erupted moments earlier when Jamaal Lascelles, a substitute, was booked for preventing Marc Cucerella from taking a throw-in.

“As this game came to a conclusion, it became very, very feisty. There were five or six yellow cards in the last 15 minutes. What he (Lascelles) is doing is trying to delay the restart, you have to be two meters from the throw-in. Rob Jones had no choice but to get a yellow card for delaying the restart. But that was one incident in what was a multitude of incidents that even went off after the game.

“What I would say (in post-match bags) is ‘stand back, watch and stay out of it.’ The worst thing would be to get between two players, one of them throws a punch and hits you in the face. Next, he has escalated the issue. In situations like this, you should keep a record of what you see and submit the video to the FA.”


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