By Keith Hackett

30th Nov, 2021 | 12:31pm

Ex-Fifa official: Howe in line for visit from authorities after Newcastle controversy

Eddie Howe could receive a visit from the head of the PGMOL Mike Riley to explain the controversial decisions during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United.

That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the game.

Newcastle had two appeals for a penalty turned down by referee Stuart Attwell at the Emirates.

In the wake of the second appeal when Callum Wilson was brought down by Nuno Tavares Arsenal went up the other end and scored their second goal.

As quoted by football.london‘s Chris Wheatley after the game, Howe insisted he did not want to be controversial but he felt the “50-50 calls went against us”.

Asked for his assessment of Howe’s comments, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Eddie Howe had a reason to make those comments.

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“I have no doubt he might be contacting Mike Riley at the PGMOL to seek clarity on some of these decisions.

“All Eddie Howe has got to do is put a video together of those incidents, send them to the PGMOL and ask for Mike Riley’s comments.

“Does he see these as fouls? He doesn’t get into the dialogue of the referee or whatever. Just ‘Are these fouls?’

“He’s got justification in his comments. When we review, he’s got a degree of justification.”

Saturday’s defeat to Arsenal was Howe’s first in the Newcastle dugout and the result left them six points adrift from safety.

They are bottom of the table and remain the only Premier League team without a win this season.

In other news, some Newcastle United stars will be left ‘annoyed’ by Howe’s training HQ ban.