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05th Apr 2017

Newcastle’s disallowed penalty has confused absolutely everyone

What the hell happened?

Ben Kiely

Referee Keith Stroud was drowned under a sea of boos at St James’ Park during Newcastle United’s match against Burton Albion.

Early in the first half, Dwight Gayle was barged over and the referee pointed to the spot. Matt Ritchie stepped up to take it and coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net.

Then things got very bizarre.

After the spot kick was converted, the referee blew his whistle. However, he was not ordering for it to be retaken, but rather he awarded a free-out to Burton.

Unsurprisingly, the Newcastle players took issue with the bizarre decision, but they’re complaints fell on deaf ears as play restarted from the edge of the Burton box.

It appeared to be a free out for encroaching, but nobody seems too sure.

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