Sky journalist: This is why Newcastle penalty was disallowed
By Matt Farr
Newcastle were left fuming after a penalty from Matt Ritchie was disallowed during their 1-o win over Burton Albion on Wednesday night.
Ritchie thought he had given Newcastle the lead in the 29th minute after beating goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin from the penalty spot, only for the goal to be controversially overturned.
But Sky Sports journalist Bryan Swanson shared on his personal Twitter account following the game a statement released by PGMOL which shed some light on the controversial decision.
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) April 5, 2017
PGMOL, which stands for Professional Game Match Officials Limited, is the footballing organisation which oversees referees and match officials.
Their ruling states that Ritchie’s penalty had been ruled out by referee Keith Stroud because Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle had ‘encroached in the penalty area’ as the kick was being taken.
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However, the statement also reads that the penalty kick should instead have been re-taken, as opposed to the decision from Stroud to award Burton an indirect free-kick.
An apology was also issued by PGMOL, which read: “Keith and his team are understandably upset at the lapse in concentration and apologise for the mistake.”
The controversial decision mattered little in the end to Newcastle’s final result, with Ritchie netting a glorious winner with just over 20 minutes left on the clock.
Newcastle’s victory sees them retain their place at the top of the Championship table, as well as maintaining their one point advantage over promotion rivals Brighton.
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