Mark Halsey gives his view on a possible penalty for Fulham at Newcastle

A penalty decision

Former referee Mark Halsey has offered his views on the penalty storm this weekend in the Premier League.

While many people are still calling for VAR to be introduced introduced into the top flight of the English game, mistakes are still made.

Halsey noted that he can fully understand why Fulham are angry with the referee of the day – Martin Atkinson.

Atkinson didn’t give the spot kick after a handball by Aleksandar Mitrović had a shot, and many of the Fulham player and Claudio Ranieri felt it was a chance for them to get a goal.

The culprit was Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles, yet he got away with it.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St. James Park on December 9, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

A fight against relegation

When  you’re at the bottom of the table, decisions like that can be the difference between a point and three – or even zero is huge.

Fulham were annoyed there was no penalty, and it’s understandable.

Newcastle are also keeping one eye on the drop zone and will want to keep on rising up the table.


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In the January transfer window, both sides will also be looking to spend money.

The other big issue is sides like Cardiff and Southampton now starting to pick up points.

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