Premier League panel rules officials made two errors in Newcastle vs Arsenal clash

There was a lot of controversy at St James' Park.

Premier League panel rules officials made two errors in Newcastle vs Arsenal clash
Anthony Gordon's goal proved to be the winner in last weekend's controversial match between Newcastle and Arsenal
Anthony Gordon’s goal proved to be the winner in last weekend’s controversial match between Newcastle and Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

The Premier League’s Independent Key Match Incidents Panel has ruled the match officials made two mistakes during last weekend’s controversial match between Arsenal and Newcastle at St James’ Park.

Gunners manager Mikel Arteta launched into a furious post match diatribe, branding the decision to allow Anthony Gordon’s decisive second half goal as ’embarrassing’.

Gordon’s goal was the subject of three separate VAR reviews but it was allowed to stand with no conclusive evidence that the ball had gone out of play and no camera angle available to prove the England Under-21 international was in an offside position when the ball landed.

Joelinton, meanwhile, was adjudged not to have fouled Gabriel, despite clearly placing two hands on the Arsenal defenders back and appearing to push down on him.

ESPN has seen the panel’s findings and they believe the officiating team made the correct decision to allow the goal on a 4-1 vote ‘although Joelinton does have his hands on Gabriel, there isn’t enough to award a foul as Gabriel had made an action to play the ball before any contact’.

Kai Havertz was fortunate to escape a red card against Newcastle
Kai Havertz was fortunate to escape a red card against Newcastle (Picture: Getty)

The panel, however, believe the officials were wrong to have allowed both Kai Havertz and Bruno Guimaraes to avoid red cards for serious offences.

Arsenal’s German midfielder lit the blue touch paper with a reckless challenge that sent Sean Longstaff flying but received only a caution, while Bruno escaped punishment altogether despite planting his forearm in Jorginho’s face.

The ruling, however, was immediately dismissed by Jamie Carragher who fears too many games are being undermined as spectacles as a consequence of needless red cards.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘A red card used to feel like a big deal, now it feels like there is one or close to one in every game. It’s not right, it ruins the game. What people think should be red now means it’ll only get worse.

‘You don’t eradicate poor challenges because because you dish out a red to someone because he nearly caught someone. The Havertz challenge comes from a player losing his head & because of the emotion of the game those instances will never change.

‘If someone commits a bad challenge get him off, but it’s going too far now.’

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