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Former Premier League Referee Backs Decision to Disallow Schar’s Goal Due to Foul on Calvin Bassey

In a recent Premier League match between Newcastle United and Fulham, a controversial decision to disallow Fabian Schar’s goal due to a foul on Super Eagles defender Calvin Bassey sparked debate among fans and experts alike. Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher weighed in on the incident, expressing support for referee Sam Allison’s call to nullify the goal.

The pivotal moment came late in the game when Schar appeared to have broken the deadlock for Newcastle United, only for the goal to be overturned after a VAR review determined that Bassey had been fouled in the build-up by Dan Burn of Fulham. Gallagher, speaking on Sky Sports’ Ref Watch, affirmed his agreement with the decision, citing Bassey’s being pushed and impeded by Burn as justification for the foul call.

Despite the disappointment for Newcastle United and their manager Eddie Howe over the disallowed goal, the Magpies managed to secure victory when Bruno Guimaraes netted shortly afterward. The win proved crucial for Newcastle’s European aspirations, further emphasizing the significance of the controversial decision in the match’s outcome.

While the decision may have been contentious, Gallagher’s endorsement of the referee’s call adds weight to the argument that Bassey was indeed unfairly impeded, ultimately leading to the disallowance of Schar’s goal.

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