‘I don’t know what you’re looking at’: Shay Given and Les Ferdinand criticize decision to disallow Joelinton’s goal against Southampton over handball… as former Newcastle stars insist the ball ‘didn’t touch his hand’
Former Newcastle stars Shay Given and Les Ferdinand criticized the decision to disallow Joelinton’s goal against Southampton over handball.
The incident occurred in the 40th minute when Joe Willock’s shot was saved and the ball eventually fell into the hands of Joelinton, who shot into the back of the net.
However, the referee ruled it out for handball after judging that Mohammed Salisu’s block on Callum Wilson’s rebound hit Joelinton in the arm. VAR reviewed the decision and stuck with the decision on the pitch.
Joelinton had a goal disallowed for Newcastle after the referee deemed the ball hit his hand.
Sky Sports pundits saw nothing wrong with Joelinton’s first-half goal
Given, who played for Newcastle from 1997 to 2009, told Sky Sports it was a ‘legitimate goal’ before adding: ‘It hit his hip, bounced off and hit it into the net.
“If the VAR sees that and still thinks it’s a hand, I don’t know what it’s looking at.”
Fellow expert Francis Benali said there were “three or four who could back” referee Stuart Attwell’s decision, before saying there was one who “would say VAR should go look at it.”
Eddie Howe protests the decision to disallow Joelinton’s goal for handball in the first half
Given in response, he said: ‘I think Frani’s sense of speech after all. He has seen the good angle there.
“It’s a difficult job for the referee, the angle he’s at, maybe he thinks it’s a handball. But there’s no reason VAR couldn’t get into his ear, it would just take 30-60 seconds and he’d say “Take a look at this angle, Stuart, because I think you might have been wrong.”
“They should do well between them, it’s not a hand, it should be a goal.”
Joelinton then missed a sitter before finally opening the scoring in the second half.
Les Ferdinand, who spent two seasons with the Magpies in the 1990s, said: “I’m in the forwards union and I think it hits his hip, he pushes his chest up and volleys him.”
“But from the referee’s angle, from what he sees, he sees it as a hand. But we’ve looked at it so many times, and you don’t see that he hit his hand.
Joelinton later in the game missed a babysitter who was described as the ‘miss of the season’.
However, it was the third lucky time for the Brazilian as he finally scored the goal that put Newcastle ahead at St Mary’s.
Newcastle’s 1-0 victory gives them the lead going into the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.