By Aramide Oladipo
Former referee Dermot Gallagher believes that the matchday officials were incorrect to not send off Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye in the clash against Newcastle United on the weekend.
Cabaye, 31, only received a yellow card for a reckless challenge on Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin in the first-half at St James’ Park.
The tackle sparked a massive row between both sets of players on the football pitch and although referee Stuart Atwell appeared to give the Frenchman his marching orders, he brandished a yellow card to the dismay of the home faithful.
When questioned about the incident on Sky Sports News’ Monday morning Sky Sports Daily show (October 23, 11:00am), Gallagher admitted that the Palace man was very fortunate not to receive a red card.
“My first reaction was that this warranted a red card,” he said as quoted on the Sky Sports website.
“Ironically, I thought the referee’s reaction was the same, seeing as he’s run over so fast, put his hand to his top pocket and given the impression he’s going to brandish a red.
“However, after the tackle there was a long delay, and I wonder if the referee ran the incident through his mind, noted that Cabaye didn’t go whizzing through the air or go in two-footed so gave him the benefit of the doubt.
“My gut reaction was that it was a red card and Cabaye was very lucky to stay on the field.”
Luckily for the official, the decision did not come back to haunt the Magpies as they went on to beat Palace 1-0 thanks to a late header from summer signing Mikel Merino.
The result means that Newcastle currently sit in seventh position in the table, just two points behind champions Chelsea in the top four places.
Rafa Benitez’ side will look to extend their fine start to the season when they travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley next week.