Former Premier League referee surprised Crystal Palacestar wasn’t sent off v Newcastle United

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi was fortunate to avoid a second yellow card against Newcastle United.

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi was fortunate to avoid a second yellow card against Newcastle United.

Guehi was booked just four minutes into the Premier League clash following a late challenge on Magpies defender Sven Botman.

Later in the first half, the 22-year-old blocked Callum Wilson from advancing forward, and although referee Craig Pawson awarded a free-kick to United, Guehi avoided further punishment.

Crystal Palace defender Marx Guehi. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

And Gallagher believes the Palace man was lucky to remain on the field.

He told Sky Sports Ref Watch: “I think that’s a clear a second yellow card you’ll ever. I think it’s cynical, pre-meditated. If he gets sent off, he can have no complaints whatsoever.”

Gallagher also reviewed Newcastle’s penalty appeal when Joelinton’s shot hit the arm of Tyrick Mitchell before Vicente Guaita saved the Brazilian’s effort.

“He (Mitchell) tried his best to get out of the way but he couldn’t. It does strike him but his arms are well tucked into his body. It comes a very short distance at speed.”

Eddie Howe’s side were unable to find a breakthrough at Selhurst Park as the two clubs played out their third goalless draw this season.