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Chelsea got fortunate with two key decisions against Newcastle United
Chelsea got fortunate with two key decisions against Newcastle United (Reuters/Sky Sports)

Former Premier League official Keith Hackett has criticised referee David Coote for his two mistakes in Chelsea’s victory over Newcastle United on Sunday.

Kai Havertz’s superb late goal sealed the win for Thomas Tuchel’s side at Stamford Bridge.

But Newcastle felt aggrieved after two key decisions went against them.

The first came in the first half when Havertz only received a yellow card for an elbow on Dan Burn.

Newcastle were also denied what appeared to be a clear penalty in the second half when Trevoh Chalobah brought down Jacob Murphy inside Chelsea’s area.

Chalobah did not appear to win the ball while the Chelsea defender was clearly pulling Murphy’s shirt. Coote opted not to award a penalty, while VAR official John Brooks did not call the referee to review the incident on the pitchside monitor.

Newcastle United were furious with David Coote's performance in their defeat to Chelsea
Newcastle United were furious with David Coote’s performance in their defeat to Chelsea (Getty)

‘David Coote is having a bit of a mare,’ Hackett, the former head of the PGMOL, wrote on Twitter during the game.

‘Havertz should have received a red card for his high elbow into the face of Newcastle’s Burn.

‘In the second half Chelsea’s number 14 holds the shirt of his opponent then pushes him over with left arm. Penalty kick to Newcastle not awarded.

‘We need Nigel Owens on this holding offence don’t we. It is so obvious a penalty kick. If I was Eddie Howe I would be asking [PGMOL chief] Mike Riley to explain.’

When asked about his elbow on Burn after the game, Havertz told Sky Sports: ‘People know me not as a player who does things like this.

‘This guy is like seven, eight foot and I have to jump against him. You have to use arms to jump and when I jump he is higher than me, so it is tough.

‘I can say sorry because I saw he was hurt and feel bad, but you cannot tell me I did this on purpose.’

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