Newcastle United lost 3-1 to Manchester United on the weekend, however, there were two potential penalty incidents that resulted in two very difficult outcomes and former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has given his verdict on the decisions.
Halsey discusses penalty incidents
During the match Marcus Rashford was adjudged to have been fouled in the box by Joe Willock, and the referee gave Man United a penalty. However, much earlier on in the game, Harry Maguire took out Jamal Lascelles in the box and nothing was given.
Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern about these incidents, Halsey said: “There was minimal contact (on Rashford) but if that’s a penalty, then Newcastle’s, where Harry Maguire takes out Jamaal Lascelles, is 100% a penalty, no shadow of a doubt. You know, if he’s giving that to Man United, then he’s got to give that one to Newcastle for consistency.
“All you ask for is consistency for 90 minutes. So if you’re giving that as a penalty (to Man United), which I’m not complaining about as there was a slight contact and he’s gone down, well, there was more contact on Lascelles from Maguire at the other end after four minutes, that should have penalised. You know, the Newcastle penalty is far more of a penalty than the Man United one. One was given and one wasn’t but in my opinion, both should have been given”
Newcastle should have had a penalty
When you look back at the Maguire challenge, it seems like he isn’t even looking at the ball and is instead focused more on obstructing Lascelles. Newcastle should feel like they were unlucky to not get a decision and will once again be upset with the standard of officiating in the division.
Consistency is all supporters want, and currently, even with VAR involved, fans are not getting it.
It feels as if VAR is now causing more issues and the standard of officiating has dropped and this should be a big worry for fans of all clubs in the top-flight.
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