Chris Smalling was an idiot, Newcastle were robbed

Chris Smalling vs Newcastle

Newcastle United fans were shouting ‘penalty’ in unison on Sunday against Manchester United.

And, in turn, plenty of other fans agreed with the Magpies.

Newcastle put in an excellent first half performance against Manchester United at St James’ Park.

Indeed, for large parts of the first half, the Toon were on top. Although slack shooting from Anthony Martial allowed the Magpies off the hook a couple of times.

Yet, at the other end, Newcastle were robbed a nailed-on penalty.

How did Chris Smalling get away with it?

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Man United get away with a penalty

In the final stages of the first half, Chris Smalling fouled Dwight Gayle in the Man United box.

Yes, the foul ‘only’ happened at the top corner of the box, but yes, it was still in the area.

Chris Smalling penalty vs Newcastle

Replays clearly showed that Smalling tripped Gayle in the box. He lunged into the tackle, but he missed the ball.

Rafa Benitez was naturally flabbergasted on the sidelines by the non-decision.

Rafa Benitez couldn’t believe it

Cue the Chris Smalling hate

Fans poured onto social media to complain about the penalty which wasn’t given.

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