By Keith Hackett

7th Dec, 2021 | 7:00am

Ex-Premier League referee swipes at Pope as controversial Newcastle footage analysed

Burnley can have no complaints with Callum Wilson’s winner for Newcastle United in their 1-0 victory at St. James’ Park this weekend.

That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about a potential foul on Nick Pope before the ball fell to Wilson.

Pope had come to collect a Joe Willock cross before colliding with Fabian Schar and losing control of the ball.

The ball then broke to Wilson who finished smartly past Chris Wood on the goalline.

As quoted by club media, Burnley boss Sean Dyche claimed it was a “clumsy challenge” and the decision went against his side.

“This is completely different to the Aston Villa disallowed goal against Leicester City,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“I like Pope as a goalkeeper but he’s made a mistake. He’s come out and when a goalkeeper comes out they have two options a catch or a punch. He’s gone for a catch and he’s in the air with the ball not quite in his grasp. His arm is extended and there is not much power in his hands.

“As he goes down he hits a player and spills the ball. There’s nothing wrong with that, no foul and good goal.

“The referee is looking ‘Is the goal good or not good? Is there a foul or no foul?’. There was no foul and the goal was given.

“For me, it doesn’t matter where the goalkeeper is in the penalty box.”

The result leaves Newcastle United and Burnley as well as bottom side Norwich City level on 10 points.

They are three points from safety and Watford in 17th-position in the Premier League.

In other news, Newcastle United have been told to complete the ‘shock’ signing of an ‘amazing’ Liverpool player not in the XI.