'Always given as a penalty' - Ex-referee has say on Hibs penalty and handball claim against Aberdeen
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Scrutinising footage of the match on Sky Sports, the former English Premier League official first dealt with the handball claim against Ross McCrorie in the first half.
Gallagher said: “He doesn’t mean to do it, he goes to head the ball – no doubt about that but his arm’s outstretched so if that went to VAR in England, that would be always be given as a penalty.”
On the spot-kick that Hibs were given, for Liam Scales’ foul on Ryan Porteous which resulted in a second yellow and a sending-off for the on-loan Celtic defender, Gallagher said the Dons centre-back had taken a ‘massive risk’ as he pointed out both players were grappling with each other.
"The argument is, when does push come to shove? But if you look at it, he hauls [Porteous] down. It’s a massive risk to take.
“From the referee’s angle, he sees Scales haul him down, so the official thinks it’s a yellow-card offence in addition to the penalty.
“The player has already had a yellow card so unfortunately he has to go.”
Asked if VAR would have awarded a free kick for Porteous tugging Scales’ shirt, Gallagher wasn’t so sure.
"VAR would award the free kick for the shirt-pull if they decided it was a clear and obvious error by the referee and if it met the threshold,” he explained.
"But VAR can’t get involved in the red card because it’s a second yellow.”