Newcastle United-Wood footage wows ex-Fifa official

By Keith Hackett

11th Apr, 2022 | 8:30pm

Newcastle United news: Ex-Fifa official issues verdict as controversial Chris Wood footage analysed

Wolves can have no complaints with the decision to award Newcastle United a penalty in their 1-0 win on Friday night (8 April), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee hailed Peter Bankes’ performance at St. James’ Park including the penalty decision.

Chris Wood was brought down by Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa in the 72nd minute and Bankes immediately pointed to the spot.

The 30-year-old converted the penalty to net his first Newcastle goal at St. James’ Park.

“I think that was a penalty,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Peter Bankes was in a good position and made a sound judgement.

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“This referee, he’s had nine Premier League games and he should be getting more games. He’s one of the better referees in the Premier League and I can’t understand why he’s not getting more games.

“Look at how he’s up with play and he’s got himself a viewing angle with a great position. That’s a penalty kick.

“My view is that Peter Bankes should be getting more games. Nine this season is not enough.

“He’s fit enough, he’s mobile enough, he’s mature enough and he’s a good referee. Why aren’t you using him more?

“This was a good decision and a good piece of refereeing.”

Bankes will take charge of his 10th Premier League game of the season when Southampton host Arsenal on Saturday (16 April).

Newcastle take on Leicester City the following day in the Premier League.

In other news, Newcastle United have been tipped to accept a ‘crazy’ Allan Saint-Maximin offer after a £50million update.