By Aramide Oladipo
Former Premier League official Graham Poll believes that the matchday referee made the right decision in handing Liverpool defender Joe Gomez a yellow card for his high challenge on Newcastle United forward Christian Atsu.
Both sides played out a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon but the Magpies were convinced that Gomez should have seen a red card after catching Atsu on the head with a flying boot in the second-half.
However, referee Craig Pawson produced a yellow card to the dismay of the Newcastle players and the Geordies amongst the crowd.
Writing his column for the Daily Mail, Poll is convinced that the referee was spot on with his call and believes that he deserves credit for not allowing himself to be influenced.
“The St James’ Park crowd tried to pressurise Craig Pawson into sending off Joe Gomez for a high boot on Christian Atsu,” he wrote.
“The Newcastle players turned up the heat but the official wasn’t influenced.
“Pawson took his time before issuing an appropriate yellow card.
“Since Sadio Mane was dismissed for his high boot on Ederson, there have been a sequence of similar challenges.
“Each has been dealt with on its merits because no two incidents are identical.”
As Poll mentioned, there was even more scrutiny on this incident after Liverpool forward Saido Mane was sent off for a similar challenge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson last month.
Newcastle might feel that they been on the wrong end of refereeing decisions in recent weeks after Brighton striker Tomer Hemed’s stamp on full-back DeAndre Yedlin went unpunished on the day last weekend.
Sunday’s result means that the Magpies have only lost one of their last five Premier League matches.
In other Newcastle United news, fans have called one man ‘the best player in the world’ after his performance against Liverpool.