‘Agree with him’: BBC pundits back Bruce’s claims after Newcastle’s loss to Leeds 

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‘Agree with him’: BBC pundits back Bruce’s claims after Newcastle’s loss to Leeds

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BBC commentator Micah Richards believes Newcastle will struggle to do so after referee Simon Hooper ruled out a penalty against Leeds United’s Liam Cooper last night. BBC pass through chronicle.



Patrick Bamford cancelled out Jeff Hendrick’s 26th-minute opener for Newcastle in the 35th minute. However, Leeds continued their rampage after the break, beating the Magpies 5-2 at Elland Road with four goals in the second half.

However, Cooper challenged Callum Wilson in the box to appear to bring Newcastle down when both sides were still level in the 53rd minute.

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The incident was referred to VAR, but the decision was not overturned and the challenge was not punished.

In the 53rd minute, when Callum Wilson fell to the ground under Cooper’s challenge, he called for a penalty. VAR checks and doesn’t give any information.

Leeds then broke the other end and shot wide.

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“Results may vary”

Cooper’s challenge is a stonewall penalty, according to Newcastle manager Steve Bruce. He insisted it had a big impact on the game.

Bruce said: “If anyone saw the challenge, they would have understood it was a clear penalty.

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“We may not go on to win games, but for sure when you’re ahead, the outcome could be different.”

The result saw Marcelo Bielsa’s side overtake Newcastle in the Premier League.

Richards: “It was a penalty”

As an authority on Game of the Day, former defender Richards said it looked as if there was an infringement.

He said: “In the modern game, it’s a penalty. I have to agree with (Bruce) but from some angles he looked like he got the ball.

“I’m a defender so I’ll always say yes (entering from behind) but it does look like a foul.”

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