Newcastle’s appeals for a penalty in the first half were waved away by Robert Jones, much to the Magpies’ dismay.
- Newcastle claim Trevoh Chalobah handled ball
- Referee Jones refused to award spot kick
- Chalobah’s arm considered in natural position
WHAT HAPPENED? In a first half devoid of clear-cut opportunities, Newcastle appeared to be in with a chance of opening the scoring from the penalty spot. As Chalobah slid to block a cross from Dan Burn on the left flank, the ball appeared to collide with the Chelsea defender’s arm, not his body.
WHY WASN’T IT GIVEN? Despite vigorous appeals from the Newcastle players, referee Jones refused to blow his whistle for the penalty. The on-field official deemed that, despite the contact, the player’s arm was in a natural position as he entered as slide, and wasn’t in any way a deliberate obstruction to the ball’s direction.
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While Newcastle fans naturally felt aggrieved…
Others were less certain:
An explanation of the rule as to why the decision wasn’t given:
WHAT’S NEXT FOR NEWCASTLE: A much-needed rest during the World Cup break awaits the team.