By Keith Hackett

13th Sep, 2022 | 7:00am

Ex-Fifa official: Newcastle United owners accused of major blunder after official news - 'I was bemused'

Keith Hackett has insisted Newcastle United should direct any refereeing complaints to the Premier League and not the PGMOL.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee admitted he was “bemused” by the club’s latest objection.

The Telegraph reported last week (4 September) that Newcastle had lodged an “official complaint” to the PGMOL about their disallowed goal in the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace earlier the day before.

The ball ended up in the back of the net via a Tyrick Mitchell own goal but it was ruled out for a foul by Joe Willock on Vicente Guaita.

However, on further inspection, VAR failed to spot that Mitchell had pushed Willock into the goalkeeper and the goal should have stood or Newcastle should have been awarded a penalty.

The PGMOL effectively accepted the wrong decision had been made after the Premier League ordered an investigation.

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But Hackett has suggested the Premier League is where Newcastle should have directed their anger.

He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I was bemused.

“This might be the new ownership not understanding the remit.

“I think Newcastle United have every right to ask the Premier League for their observations. The Premier League are part of the board of the PGMOL, they are one of three funding partners and sit on the board – they wear two hats.

“Ultimately, use that outcome where they have admitted an error as a defence mechanism for Eddie Howe and the staff.”

Newcastle launched a similar complaint over the festive period last year.

They were unhappy with decisions in their away games with Leicester City and Liverpool.

In other news, Newcastle United have agreed a new signing as an ex-England star rejects their offer.