Dermot Gallagher runs through the biggest refereeing decisions from the weekend`s football, and highlights what was a bad day for Man Utd`s Chris Smalling.
Newcastle 1-0 Man Utd
Newcastle denied penalty
INCIDENT: Chris Smalling treads on the foot of Dwight Gayle on the corner of the box with the score at 0-0. Craig Pawson waves play on.
DERMOT`S VIEW: The simple answer is yes. He didn`t play the ball, and as I`ve said many times, it`s all about the ball. I actually think that because where Craig is, I believe he may be assessing whether it happened inside the area or not, and because of that he loses sight of whether it is actually a foul. He completely forgets, I think.
Smalling dive correct
INCIDENT: Smalling was then booked for simulation, going down despite Jonjo Shelvey not having touched him. Newcastle then scored the winner from the resulting free-kick.
DERMOT`S VIEW: I think it`s an excellent spot, they`re not easy to give. Sometimes when a player goes through the air like a torpedo it`s easy to give, but this wasn`t. It`s definitely not a foul, definitely simulation, and it`s a very, very important decision to make too, because Newcastle scored from the free-kick.
Yellow correct for Valencia
INCIDENT: Antonio Valencia is booked for a high boot on Christian Atsu, though some believed he should have seen red.
DERMOT`S VIEW: I think this is a yellow card and not a red card because Valencia is stood stationary, he hasn`t come at speed at Atsu. He hasn`t actually led with his studs either, he`s come with the side of his boot. It`s not nice, it`s reckless, but it`s not a red.
Stoke 1-1 Brighton
INCIDENT: Stoke are awarded a last-minute penalty by Bobby Madley for Dale Stephens` shove on Jese. Charlie Adam then misses the penalty, appeals for another penalty as he is brought down under pressure from Lewis Dunk on a rebound, and the match ends 1-1.
DERMOT`S VIEW: I don`t think [the awarded penalty] is a penalty at all. If anything, I think Jese touches Stephens first, and there`s not enough from him to go down.
Regarding the rebound, I actually thought it was a foul, but I can understand why the referee doesn`t give it. It`s so, so difficult to see. The referee is not going to give a penalty, because he can`t be convinced.
Sheffield United 2-1 Leeds
INCIDENT: Sheffield United are awarded a penalty by Andy Madley in their 2-1 win over Leeds on Saturday after John Fleck was brought down by Eunan O`Kane inside the box. Billy Sharp scored the resulting spot kick.
DERMOT`S VIEW: This is where I think VAR would never clear anything up. I don`t think it`s a foul, but my best friend does. For me it`s not a penalty.
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