Newcastle United takeover latest as former Premier League referee believes Leeds United should have been awarded penalty

More Newcastle United takeover news has emerged today with a key date set for next week.

Monday, 20th September 2021, 4:45 pm

Here, we round-up all the latest stories from St James’s Park and beyond:

CAT case date gets new date

The Newcastle United takeover saga has taken yet another twist today with the announcement that Newcastle’s anti-competition claim against the Premier League has a new date.

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Allan Saint-Maximin has been included in Alan Shearer's Premier League Team of the Week. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images).

A hearing to see whether Newcastle’s anti-competition claim against the Premier League can go ahead will now take place on Wednesday, September 29.

Former ref believes Leeds should have been awarded penalty

Newcastle’s draw with Leeds United largely escaped any VAR controversy, but for one incident.

In the 23rd minute, Leeds’ Dan James collided with Joe Willock in the Newcastle box but referee Mike Dean waved away protests from the Leeds United winger.

Post-match, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher both said on Sky Sports that they believed a penalty should have been awarded.

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher also shares this view, saying this morning on Sky Sports: “I think Mike Dean thinks Dan James has run into Joe Willock.

“I think maybe he’s too close and doesn’t have a clear view. I think it’s a foul and penalty.

“He puts the ball by, and there, Willock goes in and stops him. I think that’s high on the tolerance level before the VAR reviews.”

Newcastle have conceded three penalties in just five Premier League games so far this season.

Newcastle player named in Alan Shearer’s team of the week

Alan Shearer has named his Premier League team of the week - and it includes one Newcastle United player.

Unsurprisingly after his performance on Friday night against Leeds, the player selected is Allan Saint-Maximin.

Saint-Maximin scored his side’s only goal of the game and was Newcastle’s main creative outlet going forward.

Saint-Maximin is also joined by former Newcastle striker Ivan Toney in this week’s team of the week after the Brentford striker scored one and had two goals ruled out by VAR against Wolves on Saturday.

Shearer’s other attacking pick was Ismaila Sarr - someone Newcastle will have to be wary about when they face Watford on Saturday.

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