Newcastle United co-owner’s three-word response to Alan Shearer after ‘pathetic’ Crystal Palace call

Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi made his feelings clear to Alan Shearer after the VAR controversy against Crystal Palace.

Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi “couldn’t agree more” with Alan Shearer over the controversial decision to disallow a goal against Crystal Palace.

The Magpies, who played out a goalless draw with Palace, were denied their second win of the campaign when VAR ruled out Tyrick Mitchell’s own goal on 51 minutes.

When referee Michael Salisbury reviewed the incident at the VAR monitor, Joe Willock was penalised for a foul on Vicente Guaita, despite clearly being pushed into the Palace goalkeeper by Mitchell.

Alan Shearer slammed the decision on Twitter, labelling it “pathetic” and further voiced his frustration on last night’s Match of the Day.

Ghodoussi, replying to Shearer after the game, said: “Couldn’t agree more.”

It wasn’t the first referee decision to go against Newcastle this campaign, which is just seven games old, with penalty shouts against Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers also turned down.

Ghodoussi added: “Another bizarre decision, but we move on. West Ham here we come @NUFC #NUFC @premierleague”.

Magpies head coach Eddie Howe was in full agreement that the goal should have stood.

“I didn’t think it should be disallowed,” Howe said. “I thought it was a push on Joe Willock in the build up to the ball coming in. Joe’s momentum is fixed from that point and carries him into the goalkeeper. Without that push, there’s no way Joe would have gone in with that force.

“For me it’s not a foul, if anything it’s a penalty. I was very surprised with the outcome.”