By Alex McLeish

6th Sep, 2022 | 7:30am

Expert fumes at latest Newcastle United controversy as owner 'speaks out'

The decision to disallow a Newcastle United goal against Crystal Palace was “farcical”.

That’s according to former Rangers and Scotland boss Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the controversy at St James’ Park.

In the second half of Saturday’s draw, Tyrick Mitchell scored an own goal after the ball hit him in the face following a ball back across the box.

Mitchell was only able to make contact with the ball by pushing Joe Willock into Vincente Guaita while in midair, causing both players to go down injured.

Referee Michael Salisbury was sent to look at the VAR monitor and ruled out the goal, claiming Willock had fouled Guaita.

It was reported by the Telegraph on Monday (5 January) that Newcastle will lodge a complaint with the Premier League.

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“I saw about the complaint and Amanda Staveley has been speaking about it as well,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Ben Wild.

“She wants some clarity. It was an incredible decision [the disallowed goal], it was the failings of the other team that have been rewarded.

“The ref didn’t see that Willock was pushed, it’s facial. At the moment VAR is just not getting it.

“There has to be a better understanding.”

In an interview with Alwaleed Aldebasi (4 September) “we are talking to officials” after being pressed on the club’s response to recent poor decisions.

Eddie Howe’s side are next in action against West Ham on Sunday (11 September).

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