Ex-FIFA referee can't believe what Newcastle got away with as controversial footage emerges
Newcastle United should have had their goal in their 2-1 defeat to Wolves chalked off, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League official insisted referee Graham Scott should have stopped the game when Jose Sa stayed on the ground after a challenge from Joelinton.
The Wolves keeper and the Newcastle attacker both challenged for the ball after Allan Saint-Maximin played a pass in behind.
Sa and Joelinton stayed on the ground for an extended period and Sa only just got to his feet before Jeff Hendrick stroked the ball home to equalise.
“This is a poor piece of refereeing,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“The goalkeeper was down for more than a few seconds. When you have a goalkeeper that is down then you stop the game immediately.
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“For me, I think it was poor to allow the game to continue. It doesn’t look right, it doesn’t feel right.
“The referee has given himself a problem and opened himself up to criticism because he didn’t make the simple arrangement to stop the game.
“The fourth official could have fed in ‘Stop the game, Graham’. The assistants are also in communication with him ‘Stop the game’.
“The fact Wolves won meant less people are talking about it but it was still a poor piece of officiating.”
Hwang Hee-Chan scored his second of the game in the second half to make Hendrick‘s equaliser irrelevant.
Newcastle are now one of four Premier League teams yet to win this season and sit in the relegation places heading into the international break.
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