Newcastle United’s winning goal against Arsenal was deemed valid by the Independent Key Match Incidents Panel of the Premier League. Yet they highlighted two overlooked red card incidents.
Anthony Gordon’s 64th-minute goal made the difference in the intense match agsinst Arsenal at St James’ Park. Thus, sparking controversy due to three distinct VAR reviews.
Initially, the check aimed to verify if Joe Willock had maintained the ball in play during the build-up. The second review focused on determining whether Joelinton had fouled Gabriel. While the third centered on an offside call against Gordon.
Arsenal manager Arteta furious with decisions taken during match
Referee Stuart Attwell and VAR official Andy Madley couldn’t discover substantial evidence to annul the goal. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta criticized the decision as an absolute disgrace. Thus, prompting the Gunners to release a statement backing their manager 24 hours later.
While Arsenal expressed strong disapproval, the panel unanimously agrees that the visitors were fortunate to retain a full team. That is when Kai Havertz made a forceful tackle on Sean Longstaff in the first half. They characterized it as “a very dangerous challenge” and emphasized the need to eliminate such tackles from the game.
However, Newcastle also evaded a potential red card against Arsenal. With three panel members convinced that Bruno Guimaraes should have been out for striking Jorginho’s head with his forearm moments later.
Yet, the situation could have been considerably graver for Guimaraes had he been red-carded for the Jorginho incident. As violent conduct typically incurs a three-match suspension. Following the Bournemouth match, Newcastle will face Chelsea and Manchester United at St James’ Park.
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