'It isn't up for debate' - Dermot Gallagher delivers verdict on Newcastle incident v Southampton
By Aramide Oladipo
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes that the matchday officials were wrong to not send off Newcastle United defender DeAndre Yedlin against Southampton on the weekend.
The 24-year-old had already received a yellow card before he produced a rash challenge on Southampton defender Nathan Redmond in the second-half.
Referee Kevin Friend decided to blow his whistle for the foul but he refused to brandish the Newcastle full-back a second yellow although the tackle appeared to be out of control.
When questioned about the incident on Sky Sports News’ Monday morning Sky Sports Daily show (October 16, 11:00am), Gallagher revealed that he thought Yedlin was lucky to escape a red card.
“This is where my job gets difficult – it isn’t up for a debate, it’s a second yellow card,” he said as quoted on the Sky Sports website.
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“I don’t see the purpose of talking to the captain as the purpose is for the not player not to do it again.
“The easiest decision there was to award a second yellow card – it’s obvious to everyone.”
The Magpies have only received one red card this season which came in the opening Premier League match of the campaign when Jonjo Shelvey was dismissed for a stamp on Tottenham forward Dele Alli.
Rafa Benitez’s side were pegged back twice against the Saints on the weekend and they had to settle for the second consecutive league draw.
The result meant that Newcastle remain two points above Southampton and they currently sit in ninth position in the league table.
The Magpies welcome Crystal Palace to St James’ Park for their upcoming Premier League match next weekend.
In other Newcastle United news, Alan Pardew has lashed out at this Magpie for his antics against Southampton.