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Questions over Newcastle’s first goal

Questions are being asked whether Newcastle’s first goal should have stood under the letter of the law.

Law 12 of the FA handbook says “If the referee plays the advantage for an offence for which a caution/sending-off would have been issued had play been stopped, this caution/sending-off must be issued when the ball is next out of play. However, if the offence was denying the opposing team an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, the player is cautioned for unsporting behaviour; if the offence was interfering with or stopping a promising attack, the player is not cautioned.”

“Advantage should not be applied in situations involving serious foul play, violent conduct or a second cautionable offence unless there is a clear opportunity to score a goal. The referee must send off the player when the ball is next out of play but if the player plays the ball or challenges/interferes with an opponent, the referee will stop play, send off the player and restart with an indirect free kick, unless the player committed a more serious offence.”

As it wasn’t a clear opportunity to score a goal at the time the advantage should not have been applied by Kevin Friend.

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

13 comments on “Questions over Newcastle’s first goal

  1. Yes it wS they scored 😂😂😂

  2. Grasping at straws…

  3. ALSO, if you look at the third goal, soucek is pushed in the back, it was a clear foul before the ball got to willock, should have been disallowed. CLEAR FOUL.

  4. Paul!! Saw loser we creamed u 😀😀

    • If that’s your definition of creamed, perhaps watching football isn’t for you lol ⚒⚒

    • Only too happy to help Newcastle cling on to Premiership status! We donated two goals and a man in first half. Showed in second half why we are having a great season then gave you the points to help out poor old Brucie!

  5. Advantage should not be applied in situations involving serious foul play, violent conduct or a second cautionable offence unless there is a clear opportunity to score a goal. Newcastle scored. How much clearer of a goal scoring opportunity do you you want?

  6. Newcastle scored, so it kind of was a clear goal scoring opportunity?

  7. As above. I’d say Saint-maximim one v one with noble is a clear enough opportunity ..

  8. Big Clubs has the referee WITH them. West Ham is not a big Club… yet!

  9. Referee got it right. James is right too.

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