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Newcastle United: Sky Sports man slams calls for penalty on Fabian Schar

Newcastle United defender Fabian Schar ‘definitely’ should not have been awarded a penalty against Leeds United, according to Dermot Gallagher.

What’s been said?

Eddie Howe’s Magpies were forced to settle for a point over the weekend in their home clash against Jesse Marsch’s Leeds. But there was some controversy in the first half of the game at St. James’ Park when Schar felt he was brought down inside the box by Tyler Adams.

The Swiss defender was not awarded with a penalty despite the coming together inside the box which saw Schar seemingly tripped by the legs of the American midfielder.

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However, former referee and Sky Sports pundit Dermot Gallagher has suggested referee Simon Hooper and VAR Michael Salisbury come to the right decision:

“Well, I think this is definitely not a penalty,” Gallagher said on Sky Sports Ref Watch.

“He’s running out of legs, I think. He’s got there, he bumps into him, it’s hip to hip, but I think it’s as much him going into [Adams].”

Another big decision at Newcastle

This is not the first time the Newcastle fans may feel a big decision has gone against them at the Leazes End of St. James’ Park this season with the disallowed goal against Crystal Palace also happening down that end of the pitch.

But it seems as if Gallagher was in favour of the referee’s decision on this occasion with the Sky Sports man actually suggesting the Newcastle man had initiated the contact with the Leeds midfielder.

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Regardless of whether Gallagher believes Schar initiated the contact, Adams did not make any contact with the ball and, therefore, it does perhaps suggest it was a slightly clumsy challenge from the Leeds man to make inside his own box.

There will likely be some frustration among those at St. James’ surrounding this decision, however, the story of the game was of missed opportunities for the Magpies.

Chris Wood’s time at Newcastle has seen the New Zealand international’s opportunities come few and far between due to Callum Wilson’s tremendous form on Tyneside.

However, he certainly didn’t do himself any favours on Saturday with two big opportunities missed during the draw against the Yorkshire side (via SofaScore).

And with Dan Burn and Fabian Schar also missing big chances themselves, it seems as if Gallagher feels Newcastle dropping points was on them and not the decisions of the officials.