Date: 6th April 2017 at 4:44am
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Many years from now Newcastle United’s 1-0 win over Burton Albion which edged the club closer to promotion to the Premier League will be remembered for one thing – referee Keith Stroud getting it completely wrong when it came to applying the rules following a penalty decision.

Stroud pointed to the spot in the 29th minute of the St. James’s clash after Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle was barged to the ground and moments later midfielder Matt Ritchie stepped up and slotted home, which is where the game took a bizarre twist.

Rather than award the goal, the referee awarded Albion a free kick which sent the home crowd, players and manager Rafa Benitez crazy as they struggled to comprehend what was going on. Stroud’s reason was that Gayle had encroached the area before Ritchie took his penalty, the problem being the rules stated that Newcastle simply should have taken the penalty again.

Since the game the PGMOL have issued a statement apologising and fortunately for the Magpies his blunder didn’t cost them the game but it’s not stopped their fans taking to social media to complain:

 
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