Fans React On Twitter To Bizarre Referee Blunder


The refereeing error by Keith Stroud and his officiating team will be talked about for a long time and how is it that these guys don’t seem to know the rules of the game?

That’s their job after all.

Stroud had to issue an apology after the game after he disallowed Matt Ritchie’s penalty for encroachment, but rather than have the penalty retaken he gave a free kick to Burton Albion in the penalty area.

And that was after having discussions with the other three officials too.

Utterly bizarre and even comical.

Matt Ritchie explains rules to referee Keith Stroud – kind of

Here’s some comments from Newcastle fans about the incident which happened after 30 minutes.

Yes – we thought it was a very soft penalty too.



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21 comments so far

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Apr 6, 2017 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Disappointing to see Clough whinging about our players surrounding the ref after that awful decision. Of course several of them should have been booked by the letter of the law, but considering the ref just ignored the same set of laws then we had every right to protest. Any team in the land would have been incensed by what happened in the first half. Sour grapes by Clough, but it’s over now. On to the next game! And it looks like it’ll be on the telly too!

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  • ron burgundy

    Apr 6, 2017 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Ref admits to getting it wrong 4 officials to ref park football for their cock-up

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  • Geordiedownunder

    Apr 6, 2017 at 5:36 AM

    Comment #3

    There is something extremely hard to believe in this episode:
    …. that after the man in charge made his erroneous decision, spent a minute or two explaining (I assume) that judgement to the NUFC players.. then strolling over to verify/consult other officials on the touchline…. talking with them for another couple of minutes on the subject…
    That NONE of them in all that time had the basic knowledge of what the penalty was for encroaching into the area by an attacking player.
    They were the only 4 or 5 people in the whole of the park… dare I say including the Burton Albion supporters, that didn’t know the correct interpretation.
    One inept ref yes… but 5 professionals? …. something wrong, badly wrong, with this picture.

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  • U.S Magpie

    Apr 6, 2017 at 5:43 AM

    Comment #4

    WTF, I nearly lost my shit. He is only just fortunate that Newcastle won the match because shite like that could have screwed up our title push. Imagine we didn’t go up because of two points, what would the league have done then. I will tell you, F all.

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  • chicousa

    Apr 6, 2017 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #5

    One ignorant man, lacking the most basic, fundamental knowledge and yet placed in a position of power, surrounded by incompetent cronies either themselves equally ignorant or too cowardly to correct the leader in his mistakes….hmmm, where have I seen this pattern before?? I wonder…

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  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 6, 2017 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #6

    “Only” 48,814 there too, is that our lowest league attendance of the season?

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  • Bauman

    Apr 6, 2017 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #7

    Well that made me think the ref is definitely a Burton or Huddersfield fan.
    Tried to distract the players and take points away from us.God was in outside fortunately.How did Mbemba perform?
    That lineup was the best I have seen after a while.

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 6, 2017 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Hope the surgery went as well as possible Ed.

    I said back in January that I thought Leeds at home would be the game we’re confirmed promoted. Although unlikely, there still remains the most minute of chances. Should Huddersfield only manage 1 point from their next two, Reading drop 2 points, and we beat sheff wed and then Leeds, we will be promoted at home, on good Friday, against an old rival.

    Now wouldn’t that be something.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 6, 2017 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Wi ya bugga nan I have seen it all.
    Never seen so many fans checking their phones for the laws of the game at half time – and all knew if they did not why the goal was disallowed they knew the ref made a giant hickie.

    to the game much much better performance looked a lot more fluid in moving the ball with having Mbemba and Diame in the same team.
    Only thing that let them down is the movement up front seems to be very static instead of running at angles tend to run square along the back four.
    And without Colback gave away a lot less free kicks in dangerous stupid areas.

    My man of the Match Diame followed by Ritchie and Mbembaand Dummett

    Player ratings
    Darlow 7 nothing to do but called into action to save free kick.
    Dummett 8 had a good game linked up well with Atsu going forward.
    Mbemba 8 was steady until the last ten minutes when made a air kick which could of been costly. Good on the ball and passes it out of defence.
    Lasclles 7 steady away
    Anita 6 poor tonight passing was all to cock
    Shelvey 6 in and out display passed well passed poor had umpteen shots all wide of target.
    Ritchie 8.5 Another good game and a hell of a goal.
    Diame 9 about his best performance in a TOON shirt shirt – strong used the ball well linked up play drove forward – excellent game.
    Atsu 6 decent game got into great positions but final ball poor
    Gayle 6 huffed and puffed full of running but got little ball and chances.
    Perez 6 infuriating took up some great positions but weak as dishwater – gets knocked off the ball to easy and missed a couple of chances he should of got on target.

    subs Murphy 6 – excellent when he came on held up the ball well and created a couple of chances – should stat against Sheff Wed.
    Sammi 6 showed some excellent touches and caused problems down the right.

    RAFA 7 liked his line up showed a lot more fluidity

    Ref 0 penalty soft then cocked up on his decision – time and time gave corners the should of been goal kicks and visa versa for both teams

    Crowd quite until penalty decision then take off great noise and backing.

    All in all a good four days – lets continue it into saturday

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  • martoon

    Apr 6, 2017 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Funnily enough I’ve seen exactly the same thing happen in one of my son’s Junior football games which is how I knew immediately the ref had made a mistake because we all checked out the rules then. I’m pretty sure the 4th official was trying to correct the referee last night which was why he called him over but presumably the ref overruled him.
    Another thing the ref messed up was after 2 Burton players collided, one was treated and had his head strapped and was then just allowed to carry on – clearly he should have been sent to the touchline to be waved back on later.

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  • Bauman

    Apr 6, 2017 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Whooah! wa ya bugga man gave Mbemba 8.
    That means he performed well despite not playing for a long time.Also waiting toontaff’s report.One of few fans who I trust in match assessments.

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  • martoon

    Apr 6, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Also after the penalty incident there was a delay of at least 5 minutes while all the debating went on so how there was only 3 minutes added time at the end of the first half is beyond me?

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  • Budge123

    Apr 6, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Martoon – yes the time added on just highlighted how poor the ref was. Even when all players were back on the pitch waiting for free kick they were still discussing it and play held up again. He’d lost all control.

    Charlie – agree with all of that report. I thought first 10 mins was quite encouraging.

    Mbemba did well to last the 90.
    He had a J Stones like game for me . moments of class and then moments of wtf. A couple of times first half he cleared the ball directly to a Burton player when under no pressure. But did great at other times.

    Whole team seemed to panic a bit late on but that’s understandable I guess

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  • Mag52

    Apr 6, 2017 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Good win that in spite of the referee.
    What a star for us is Matt Ritchie. He’s got to be player of the season, for me anyway.

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  • toonincheek

    Apr 6, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Looking forward to seeing the whole game – should be on the
    NUFC website from noon.

    Seems there was a Gayle penalty claim denied that was more of
    a penalty than the Ritchie incident, so maybe the ref thought
    the next 50/50 penalty incident for us, he would give it.

    I’d also like a closer look at the Ritchie ‘trip’.
    I do hope he hasn’t become a diver. There didn’t seem to be
    much contact but when your legs are going at the speed of
    Ritchie’s, it doesn’t take much of a clip to knock you over.

    Also looking forward to seeing Mbemba in action – seems like
    he had a pretty good game.

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  • magpie6699

    Apr 6, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #16

    At half-time last night everybody was angry and amazed. I’ve been watching the Toon for 40+ years and no-one could ever remember seeing anything like it.
    When I was about 7 i had a football annual and can still recall the matchstick men cartoons illustrating the laws of the penalty kick. I’ve seen penalty re-takes many times for encroachment. It was my first thought when play seemed to stop after the penalty.
    What I can’t get my head around is the 5-minute discussion on the touchline with the 4th official and linesman. Surely ( I thought) they’ll correct the error and the penalty will be retaken. Then when the free-kick proceeded I was scratching my head and wondering whether there’d been some serious foul play – but no, I thought, the pen would stand but someone would have been booked.
    Somebody somewhere on here or on Twitter said “Refs are only human”. Sorry – this was not an error of judgement or opinion, such as offside calls or decisions on fouls , which are understandable. This was the result of complete ignorance of the laws, which 48,000 plus all the people at Sky knew, whereas 3 or 4 FA officials did not, even when given the chance to discuss. UN – BE- LIEVABLE!
    As for the game, I thought we did OK, I thought Burton were fairly toothless and we were in control, and had the penalty stood, I think we would have been able to catch them for more goals.

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  • toon kk

    Apr 6, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #17

    Hope you’re surgery went well Ed.

    Great three points last night, superb goal by Richie.
    Ref should get a three match ban and a fine.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 6, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Ref simply shouldn’t officiate again.

    Equivalent of a Dr not knowing the difference between the heart and liver, or an engineer not knowing F = ma.

    Anybody see Harry Maguire’s assist last night?

    A pass prime Iniesta would be proud of.

    Quite good for a ‘lump’ as some on here described him.

    Better than anything we have at CB.

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  • martoon

    Apr 6, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #19

    magpie6699 – My take is I think the other officials, especially the 4th official, did know the laws and were trying to tell the ref but he overruled them all!

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  • martoon

    Apr 6, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Of course if you want to be harsh you could say a player of Gayle’s experience should know better than to encroach and none of this would have happened – probably summed up a poor night for him where he hardly got a sniff but this happens to all players sometimes.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 6, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #21

    martoon / magpie6699
    no doubt in my mind the Ref definitely overruled the 4th official and one of the linesmen
    a hell of a lot of head shaking and finger wagging between the 3 officials
    for me the blame totally rests with Stroud

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