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Newcastle defeated Arsenal on Saturday night, but Anthony Gordon’s goal was marred by controversy.
Jacob Murphy’s shot had sailed across the face of goal, with Joe Willock narrowly preventing it from going out for a goal-kick down at the corner flag. The midfielder turned and blasted a cross back into the box, which Arsenal goalie David Raya missed with a flailing motion.
Joelinton then outmuscled Gabriel, allowing the ball to fall to Gordon, who scored. Stuart Attwell awarded a goal, but the game was delayed for several minutes while VAR Andy Madley investigated various situations leading up to Gordon’s goal.
originally, he double-checked that the ball had not been deflected when Murphy’s cross originally sailed across goal. The cameras appeared to show clear room between the ball and the line as the replays zoomed in on the ball.
However, Stockley Park, the VAR officials’ base, argued that there were no clear angles to indicate the ball had gone out of play after Madley determined it remained in play. A beIN Sports graphic looked to prove the decision was correct, with a silver ball crossing the goal line.
Next, he looked for a foul on Gabriel by Joelinton, who had jumped into the back of the Brazilian defender, leaving him sprawled on the ground. However, Madley informed Attwell that no foul had in fact been committed after several checks of the incident.
Finally, the VAR flagged Gordon for offside, despite the fact that he appeared to be between Raya and the goal line. With Gabriel the sole Arsenal player between Gordon and the goal, the goal would normally have been ruled out.
However, when examining for offside, Stockley Park showed that Madley lacked a clear camera perspective to ascertain if and when Joelinton had knocked the ball towards his teammate. During Sky Sports commentary, pundit Gary Neville agreed with every move Madley made.
“Well, Gordon, he’s just gone up front, and they think it’s gone out, but… It’s extremely near, very close. The purpose, however, is apparent. Raya below it, he messes it up, Gabriel may be whining about a push in the back but there’s nothing in that for me,” he said.
“It’s not a free kick for me from Joelinton; I believe Gabriel leans forward to head the ball, stoops down, and misses it.” That’s a natural jump for the ball, and I’m not having it.
“Would you just let me know when they’re done?” I’m done with this; I’m done. Gabriel has advanced to head the ball, placing his knees into Joelinton to prevent a push. I’m not sure if he’s now offside. “I haven’t a clue.”
While Neville was relieved that the goal stood, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was enraged. He called the decision to award the goal “embarrassing” and went on an epic rage.
“It’s embarrassing what happened, how this goal stands, in the Premier League, which we say is the best in the world.” I’ve been in this country for 20 years and I’m embarrassed. It’s a travesty, and there’s just too much at stake. “Every week, we try to do incredible things and perform at the highest level,” he raged.
“When we’re not good enough, I raise my hands and accept responsibility.” The outcome falls well short of the standard required for this league and the manner in which it is being played. It is insufficient. I’m ashamed to be a part of this.
“I congratulated my players on how they performed and competed in this stadium against this team.” The result should not be what it is – there are many reasons for that. If there was a team looking to win the game today it was Arsenal.”