Four strange St James’ Park incidents that Newcastle fans will never forget
Newcastle United had one of the strangest decisions of the season go against them in their clash with Burton Albion at St James’ Park on Wednesday night.
As Matt Ritchie stepped up to take a penalty for Rafa Benitez’s side, team-mate Dwight Gayle encroached into the area before the winger had kicked the ball.
In normal circumstances, the spot-kick would have been retaken, but after consultation with his linesman, referee Keith Stroud instead decided to award the Brewers an indirect free-kick much to the confusion of everyone in the stadium.
The match official was forced to issue an apology after the game – which the Magpies went on to win 1-0 as Ritchie did get on the scoresheet – after admitting he had got the ruling wrong.
It isn’t the only strange thing that has happened on Tyneside over the years though.
Here are FOUR strange St James’ Park incidents that Newcastle fans will never forget…