Alan Pardew was furious with referee Mike Jones at half time after he had disallowed a fantastic Check Tiote strike, as the ball flew like greased lightning into the back of the net and Joe Hart was never going to get to that ball, and he hardly moved.
Alan Pardew confronts referee Jones at half time
Three Newcastle players were in offside positions but were not interfering with play, and certainly Yoan Gouffran was not in the line of sight of the goalkeeper, so he was not interfering with play.
But Mike Jones still disallowed the goal in an absolutely bizarre decision.
Ala Pardew talked to the referee after the game and whatever explanation he got was not satisfactory, as he had tis to say to Sky Sports after the game:
“For me, this is an entertainment business. The guy’s hit a goal that Joe Hart is just not going to save. It goes through a number of bodies but his vision is not impaired.”
“I don’t think he was clear in his answers about Joe Hart being impaired – I couldn’t work that out.” “I don’t understand it. “Even if Man City’s back four is on the edge of the box and we’ve got four offside, it’s such a clean hit, it’s going in the top corner.”
“He’s got that wrong and unfortunately that was a massive call. In these type of games that have got to go your way.” “It was probably easier for him to give the goal and I can’t understand why he hasn’t.
“We’re crying out for entertainment, you hit and goal like that the place is in uproar, and he’s gone on a real tiny technicality, which I think is wrong.”
Goals change games, and when Cheick’s goal was disallowed Newcastle had come back after taking a hammering in the first 20 minutes, and Newcastle were on the offensive big time – so goals change games.
And goals disallowed by referees under controversial circumstances also change games, which is what referee Mike Jones did today.
We’ll have to see what happens, but usually when a referee has a poor game, which Mike Jones had today, he usually gets a lower league game the next weekend.
But that’s not going to help Newcastle of course.
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