Newcastle United defender Dan Burn was playing a dangerous game on Sunday with his defending potentially risking a penalty being awarded against him.
Eddie Howe’s side battled until the very end on Sunday afternoon on Tyneside to prevail with all three points against Marco Silva’s Fulham.
Having seen Aleksandar Mitrovic’s penalty disallowed, Alexander Isak was able to pop up with a late header to seal the points for the Magpies.
However, the defending in the lead-up to the penalty award from Burn has been heavily criticised as dangerous having put his hands on Andreas Pereira.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Ref Watch, pundit Stephen Warnock has slammed the Blyth-born left-back and believes he is walking on thin ice when he is defending like that:
“I thought it was a penalty. I thought the arm on the shoulder is so, so dangerous. When you’re running as well and you get that arm on the shoulder. The slightest pull when you’re running at speed can cause so many problems. I thought that was a penalty and a sending-off.”
It is crucial to mention that this incident was looked at by VAR and the decision came back as no penalty just moments before the penalty was awarded for the incident involving Kieran Trippier.
And there is certainly minimal contact made which is probably not enough to see Pereira fall to the floor from the slightest of pulls.
However, we do have to agree with Warnock in the sense Burn is playing a very dangerous game by giving the referee and VAR even the opportunity to consider giving it as a penalty.
The 30-year-old was beaten to the ball by the Fulham midfielder who was then bearing down on goal before Burn placed his hands on him.
And the challenge did almost have a sense of last-ditch desperation about it to prevent Pereira from being able to get a shot away on Nick Pope’s goal.
Again, we do not think there was enough of a pull on the Fulham man to bring him down.
But from a Fulham perspective, you could well argue that what Burn did shouldn’t be tolerated with Pereira being pulled – albeit minimally – inside the box.
And this is not the first time Burn has been at the centre of VAR controversy this year with the defender accused of pulling on Arsenal’s Gabriel inside the box earlier this month.
So with this in mind, it is perhaps wise for the Newcastle defender to perhaps cut this out of his game as it does feel as if it could potentially catch up with him soon.