Keith Hackett was one of the Premier League’s best referees at the time.
The former top referee gave his appeal to the controversial incident during the Liverpool v Newcastle game.
An incident that is definitely not what Newcastle fans might have expected.
While the letter of the law (for this week!) Might well have been correct in excluding it, the “ goal ” that Callum Wilson refused when the bullet accidentally hit his arm from very close without any means of l ‘avoid, was surely worthy of comment.
No doubt if that ‘goal’ had been scored by Liverpool in extra time last weekend, we would never have heard the last word this week.
The incident Keith Hackett looked into was that Federico Fernandez and Diogo Jota ‘came together’ on the edge of Liverpool’s penalty area in the 16th minute.
Field referee Andre Marriner gave a yellow card for the collision / foul.
Then we asked VAR to review the incident, but they didn’t advise referee Andre Marriner to reverse his decision and review it on the field monitor again.
For Keith Hackett it was clear what should have happened instead …
Keith Hackett told Football Insider what his verdict on the incident was:
“It’s a red card.
“He didn’t use his hand and arm for the elevation.
“It’s straight against an opponent.
“It’s a red card.
“I don’t know how they can recklessly put that on and then give a yellow card.”
BBC Sport Statistics:
Liverpool 1 Newcastle 1 – Saturday April 24 12:30 p.m.pm
Willock 90 + 5
(Half-time statistics in brackets)
Possession was Liverpool 69% (71%) Newcastle 31% (29%)
Total strokes were Liverpool 22 (12) Newcastle 7 (1)
Shoot the target were Liverpool 9 (4) Newcastle 4 (1)
Corners were Liverpool 6 (2) Newcastle 3 (2)
Arbitrator: André Marriner
Dubravka, Murphy, Fernandez, Clark (Willock 64), Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Sean Longstaff, Almiron (Gayle 85), Joelinton (Wilson 60), Saint-Maximin
Gillespie, Krafth, Lewis, Manquillo, Hendrick, Carroll
(Match Report – The potential was there for Newcastle United from the start Read HERE)
(Liverpool desperately needed to get out of the Champions League – Happy to oblige – Read HERE)
(Incredibly lucky Steve Bruce has to do the right thing and be gone in four weeks – Read HERE)
(Should have been Liverpool 1 Newcastle 2 not Liverpool 1 Newcastle 1 – You couldn’t make it up – Read HERE)
(Liverpool 1 Newcastle 1 – Instant reaction from NUFC fans / writers to Saturday’s draw! – Read HERE)