Dermot Gallagher claims Billy Sharp should have seen red for Newcastle challenge
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Dermot Gallagher claims Billy Sharp should have seen red for Newcastle challenge

Former Premier League referee, Dermot Gallagher, believes Billy Sharp should have been red carded for Sheffield United last night.

The Blades skipper got the winning goal for Chris Wilder’s men but could have very easily seen red for a rash looking challenge on Fabian Schar.

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However, Sharp was given just a yellow and remained on the field to help United see out their first three points of the campaign.

But speaking on Sky Sports today, Gallagher believes the referee got it wrong with Sharp’s challenge and the Blades skipper should have seen the red card, not the yellow.


“I think this is a red card. I thought it was a nasty challenge at the time, and looking at the replay it’s above the ankle, with the studs he comes from a distance and with intensity,”, Gallagher said.

“I think for whatever reason the referee thought it was a yellow, but the VAR should have referred him to the monitor.”

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It was a heart in mouth moment for both Sharp and United fans, although it did serve to rile Schar, who spent the rest of the game lunging in himself and arguing every single decision.

Seen them given, Sharp maybe did get lucky

With red and white blinkers firmly off, Gallagher does have a point here, given the tackles we see in modern football that get the red card treatment.

It was late, a bit rash, and was definitely a painful one for Schar.

However, we’ve been on the wrong end of these sorts of decisions this season and it was nice to see one go our way for once. I guess the issue was that it wasn’t a clear and obvious error, given Sharp had already been penalised for the challenge.

Still, the Blades skipper will know he has got away with one a bit.

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