Premier League ask PGMOL to review controversial decision to rule out Newcastle United ‘goal’ against Crystal Palace

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It was a weekend of controversy in the Premier League - and a big call at St James Park was right at the heart of debates across the media.

The Premier League have asked the Professional Game Match Officials Board to review the controversial decision that denied Newcastle United a narrow win against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Magpies looked the more likely of the two sides to force a breakthrough with the likes of Alexander Isak, Joelinton and Joe Willock all going close to breaking through a stubborn Eagles defence.

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But it was the latter that played a key role in what seemed to be the decisive moment in the game when he rose to meet a Sven Botman header inside the six-yard box.

The United midfielder seemed to be pushed by Eagles full-back Tyrick Mitchell before the ball hit the visitors defender and landed inside his own net.

The momentum from the push took Willock into goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and that caused a VAR review of the own-goal.

Referee Michael Salisbury was advised to take a second look at the decision by VAR official Lee Mason and promptly disallowed the goal before awarding a free-kick to the visitors for a foul on Guaita.

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Speaking after the game, Magpies manager Eddie Howe said: “I thought it was a push on Joe Willock in the build-up to the ball coming in. Without that push, there’s no way Joe would have gone in with that force. “So for me, it’s not a foul, if anything, it’s a penalty if it’s not a goal.”

The Premier League have now asked the PGMOL to review the VAR decision and a similar situation at Chelsea as West Ham United winger Maxwel Cornet was surprisingly denied a goal for an alleged foul on Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

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