May 24, 2024

Dermot Gallagher of Sky Sports reviews controversial Premier League rulings after each round of games.

The former top referee has now made his decision on the events in the Newcastle against Tottenham encounter.

Dermot Gallagher examines what happened shortly after the hour mark at St James’ Park.

Dermot Gallagher talking to Sky Sports about this Newcastle 4 Tottenham 0 controversy:


With Newcastle United cruising to a 3-0 lead and Tottenham completely overwhelmed, James Maddison became frustrated. A really high challenge with his studs into Jacob Murphy’s back, up near the upper back/neck area. The referee issued merely a yellow card, and VAR did not intervene.


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Dermot Gallagher’s verdict:

The yellow card is correct, not the red.

Dermot Gallagher says:

“We’ve got to be careful not to be too rash.

“It’s not a nice tackle but he doesn’t follow through.”

Sky Sports pundit Sue Smith added:

“He (Maddison) pulls back when he realises he’s going to make contact.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 4 Tottenham 0 – Saturday, April 13, 12:30pm


Newcastle United:

Isak 30, 51, Gordon 32, and Schar 87


(Half-time figures are in brackets.)

Possession was Tottenham 73% (66%) and Newcastle 27% (34%).

Tottenham had 11 (5) shots, while Newcastle had 18 (10).

Tottenham had 2 (1) shots on target, while Newcastle had 5 (2).

Tottenham had 3 (1) corners, while Newcastle had 16 (10).

Referee: Tim Robinson.

Newcastle squad vs Tottenham:

Dubravka, J Murphy (Livramento 78), Krafth, Schar (Dummett 90+3), Burn, Longstaff, Bruno (White 90+3), Anderson, Ritchie (89), Gordon, Barnes (Hall 88), Isak

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