Isaac Hayden was left baffled by a VAR decision in the first half of Newcastle’s win over Burnley on Sunday.
What angered Hayden at Turf Moor?
Newcastle were denied a penalty when James Tarkowski caught Sean Longstaff in the face six yards from goal after hooking the ball clear.
There was a VAR review of the incident but Tarkowski was spared punishment for the high boot.
The Magpies were 1-0 down in the crucial fixture at the time after Matej Vydra’s 18th-minute goal.
“I don’t get the rules anymore,” Hayden wrote on Twitter. “If that’s anywhere else on the pitch it’s a foul, yet in penalty box it’s no foul.”
Fortunately for Newcastle, Allan Saint-Maximin inspired a second-half turnaround.
The Frenchman came off the bench to create one and score another in a match-winning five-minute spell.
The victory moved Steve Bruce’s side six points clear of the drop zone with seven games to play.
Newcastle fans were livid after VAR waved away appeals
“It’s because we’re not the Manchester clubs, Tottenham, Arsenal or Chelsea”
“It’s a disgrace, that’s a foul, and dangerous play.”
“Madness how that’s not a penalty.”
“I am still gobsmacked. Not only was his boot high and dangerous but he had to get up on his toes on his standing leg to make the height. It’s not like Longstaff is 4 foot tall and ran into a standard kick. The kid is 6 foot tall.”
“They’re cowards Isaac. Simple as that. Easier to do nothing than the right thing. What’s more galling is that there are so many officials that looked at that and went “nowt wrong there”
“Premier league have it in for us man Hayden?”
“Officials have bottled it there because they know if they give a pen then they have to give a red card as Longstaff would (should) have scored”
“Unbelievable. Stone cold penalty. Hands down. If that were ManU, there’d been a red as well. Garbage.”