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Pundit Defends Rafa’s Angry Reaction To Poor Refereeing – Then Praises Newcastle Fans


Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has come to the defense of Rafa Benitez after yesterday’s poor performance from referee Mike Dean.

Rafa was angry (furious) after the game at referee Dean’s poor performance and the Spaniard had difficulty in containing himself.

Dean made some really odd decisions, and he had failed to give Newcastle a penalty after only 10 minutes when Yedlin was fouled in the box by Charlie Daniels.

We went 1-0 ahead through Rondon direct from a free-kick just before the break and then out of nowhere Dean points to the spot four minutes into the second half.

The foul was one you see on almost every corner kick in the Premier league as players are jockeying for position as the ball comes over.

But this time Dean pointed to the spot when Federico Fernandez touched a Bournemouth player while trying to reach the ball – which was headed clear by Florian Lejeune.

Paul Merson – Defends Rafa Benitez – praises Newcastle fans

Paul Merson said Rafa Benitez’s anger at Mike Dean was fully justified after a controversial 2-2 draw at Bournemouth.

Merson was talking on Sky Sports Gillette Soccer Saturday, and said the following:

“He was very much right to be annoyed. The penalty was a homer. If you give them, you’d give 10 a game the way defenders defend these days.”

“And the other one was when DeAndre Yedlin went down the right and he went to cross the ball and (Charlie) Daniels gets there late and if it’s anywhere else on the pitch it’s a free-kick.”

“He played the ball and he was caught. It should have been a penalty and that’s what Rafa Benitez is talking about.”

“It (the game) ebbed and flowed. Newcastle started off really well and then Bournemouth had their stage in the game.”

“Newcastle were a big threat in the first half, they had the wind on their backs. Bournemouth started the second half well and it was a home penalty.”

“Paul Dummett then made an absolutely brilliant clearance off the line and goalline technology is great, isn’t it?”

“I thought he’d given the goal but it was actually for a foul further back”

“Then right at the death, Ritchie half volleys it with unbelievable technique. 2-2 was probably a fair result.”

“It sends the Newcastle fans home –  they’d come a long way and it looked like they’d sold all of their tickets out once again – happy.”

“They went ballistic.”

Paul Merson seems to have taken a real shine to Newcastle fans, and he often praises the fact we sell out our away allocation for every game and that the fans will travel anywhere at any time to support the team.

That’s Newcastle fans for you – easily the best in the business.

Now Ashley needs to allow Rafa to build Newcastle into one of the best teams in the business.

Howay The Lads!!

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221 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 17, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope Merse can get to grips with his gambling demons. He broke down in tears when he admitted cashing in his £800k pension and gambling it away. That’s horrible. I feel for the guy. 🙁

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  • Bobbybee

    Mar 17, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh dear. Stupid defending. 1-1

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 17, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Inevitable, Bobby. They were praising VVD to the skies before the match!

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  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #4

    You just knew Ryan Babel would score

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  • Oldgit1

    Mar 17, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #5

    @ Bobbybee I agree mate, been there but it was down to depression. You do get a kick out of it but it is short lived.

    Hopes he gets over it. I have never gambled since, after getting some help. Hope he gets the help he needs re the gambling, drink and drugs probably led him to the gambling. Destroyed his marriage.

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  • Just a fan

    Mar 17, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Ge seams to have a bee in his bonnet
    Mr tuff no more steptoe videos it’s getting boring

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  • Bobbybee

    Mar 17, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Ron, I thought they were seeing who could do the best impression of a mousse when they walked out. 🙂 Footballers are so pretentious. Pray in private ffs. Bet they didn’t pray for that mistake! Then Babel not celebrating his goal. At least Ritchie celebrated, but kept it respectful. And now Fulham mess up. Maybe they want to be relegated? Try and win something – the Championship. 🙂

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  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Why did we sell Milner?

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  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib: why did we sell Milner?

    I am sure Wikipedia or google will have an explanation.

    3
  • Bobbybee

    Mar 17, 2019 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Oldgit1, yeah, shame, innit? Temptation all around him can’t help either. Footballers have so much money and time to kill. No wonder gambling is endemic in football.

    Can’t believe Fulham. Thrown it away. They’ve conceded two or more in 11 consecutive games. They must want our record!!

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  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #11

    And Jibstar. Do you really think I care what you think?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #12
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  • toonbrother

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #13

    last minute heroics aside
    ritchiie was poor yesterday

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  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Strangely Milner left because of another GS
    Graeme Souness
    He said words to the effect that Milner was
    wasting his time in footy

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  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #15

    So Jibmeister Flash – should we ever take Graeme Souness seriously again? Or any GS, for that matter?

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  • Bobbybee

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Fulham blown a point here. They might regret this.
    Hope Everton get smashed in the next game. We can catch them if we win all our home games and pick up a few away points. Let’s see if they’ve recovered from the trauma we inflicted in them. 🙂

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  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #17

    How long did it take Jib to write 20 lines of Haha? Time is on my hands…

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Jib

    It ain’t me, I couldn’t be bothered to make another account to call you a waste of space, everybody already knows it.

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  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #19

    Did Mané con the ref ?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Does GS stand for Good Samaritan.

    (Cue Jib and his supporters checking Google)
    When they realise they are the antithesis of what the Good Samaritan stood for – their own embarrassment should stop their posts of poison and hatred.

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  • Bobbybee

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Is that you Tsunki? 🙂

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  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Bobby
    If The Toffees get humped today
    Silva could be down the road

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  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Pompous, pretentious rubbish. My friends are all barristers. In Spain. Pass me one of those pixtos.

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  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #24

    From the weekend, thank god for Leicester and West Ham and hate to say it now, Liverpool.

    This is all going to plan for our safety, the battle between Cardiff and Burnley both having to play some serious team may mean there game on April 13th will decide possibly who looks likely to go down.

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  • DaveD1000

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Idiot season has started early

    10
  • Oldgit1

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #26

    @ GS you are embarrassing yourself now. Ed didn’t produce this site for stupid posters like yourself. Most on here appreciate this site to talk football.

    There must be another site where you can go and spru your hatred, try People’s friend.

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  • toon22

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #27

    We sold Milner because MA wanted to trouser the money from the sale
    Just the usual stuff from our financial saviour

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  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #28

    You have to admit that Jib is pompous and pretentious. It is what he is. It is like saying Mike Dean is a tw@t. It is obvious to everybody.

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  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #29

    try People’s friend.
    Ha ha ha
    😀

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  • toon22

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #30

    You think GS is an alt of JIBs ?

    Hiya

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  • toon22

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #31

    😉

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  • Bobbybee

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #32

    GS – gob shyte? Just kidding – unless that was the intended joke? You sound very familiar mind. Don’t take that personally ffs, I’m just joining in the stupidity.

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  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Oldgit: I am not spewing any hatred. It is the truth man.

    If you think that what I have said is hatred then maybe you should go on twitter and see real bad trolls. I am giving Jib a hard time because that is what he gives 90% of people on here every day.

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  • Online Guy

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #34

    The way Ake went down backwards a slight brush with a shirt sleeve would not have given him the backwards momentum that made it look like his parachute had opened prematurely at 20 thousand feet .

    Cheating B’stard..there Iv said it .

    Another cheating B’stard is the ref .

    When Mike Dean looks back at his career is he going to say to himself ..” well I was always honest with every decision I made “, or in the back of his mind is he going to have the constant niggle eating away at him ,” I was a bit of a Showboater and a cheat when it came to Newcastle United.

    Maybe not , he will kid himself his conscience is clear.

    Disgracefull Referee .

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  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #35

    Still not seeing Jib have a go at me like he does with everybody else. Scared, old man?

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  • Online Guy

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #36

    GS is coming over all Welsh- ie

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  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Mike Dean knows what he is. Pochettino was right. Mike Dean knows what he is. A showoff and a bad Ref.

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  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #38

    Really OG. You disagree with me? You might disagree with the way I say it, but do you disagree with me?

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  • lesh

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #39

    Repost

    Magscar

    Does the Live at The Point gig use the same set as Barrowlands? If it is, I’ll get myself a copy – I’ve seen ’em on Amazon.

    Together, Christie Moore and Declan… Seem to share the same chemistry as Jackson Browne and David Lindley – each respecting, anticipating and understanding the other – without acting as big shots.

    Jib
    No, I haven’t heard Christy Moore’s Fairytale of New York though I’d noticed it on Youtube. Shall have a look. Thanks

    Ps, when you’re a mild mannered and civil-tongued smart ar$e you’re ok.

    3
  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2019 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #40

    GS
    You’ve offered nothing to have a pop at
    no info , insights , or news – just a rather
    endearing fixation with yours truly.

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