Pundit slams ‘joke’ Newcastle United penalty decision vs Aston Villa

Pundit Richard Keys believes that Newcastle should have been awarded a penalty against Aston Villa in Saturday’s Premier League clash.

Villa came out as 2-0 winners thanks to a spectacular first-half goal from Danny Ings on his home debut and a second-half Anwar El Ghazi penalty after Jamaal Lascelles’ handball.

Both teams went into the game looking to bounce back from opening day defeats against Watford and West Ham United.

Things could have been a lot more uncomfortable for Villa in the final 15 minutes of the game when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after a foul by Emiliano Martinez on Newcastle forward Callum Wilson.

However, after a check by the Video Assistant Referee, the striker was adjudged to be offside in the build-up to the challenge, meaning the decision was overturned, much to the annoyance of Keys after the game.

“I knew it wouldn’t last. What a joke at Villa,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

“Newcastle definitely should’ve had a pen after an assault by Martinez on Wilson but they took it back for a toe nail off-side. Why? Why? Exactly what they said they wouldn’t be doing.”

New rules introduced this season will see thicker lines and more leniency being used in offside decisions.

Despite the changes, Wilson was shown to be in an offside position, with BBC pundit Danny Murphy backing the decision of the referee.

“With the offside, there needs to be a cut off,” he told Match of the Day.“The reason this is offside because of the lines do not overlap, yes there was a foul but that’s because he was offside, the lines do not overlap unlike [Bruno] Fernandes last week and that’s the simple reason why it’s given, yes it is still fine details it unlucky but it is still the rules.”

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