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World Cup blunder ref Poll says Stroud “may take months” to recover from Toon gaffe

Date Posted,April 6, 2017

Former ref Graham Poll reckons Keith Stroud could take months to recover from his high-profile gaffe in Newcastle’s win over Burton Albion on Wednesday night.

Stroud has been dropped from refereeing duties this weekend after he wrongly awarded Burton a free-kick when Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle encroached into the area before teammate Matt Ritchie’s successfully-taken penalty.

The correct decision would have been for the 47-year-old official to instruct Ritchie to re-take the spot-kick.

Ritchie did eventually go on to find the net again in a 1-0 victory for the Magpies but, had Rafa Benitez’s side not won, both teams could have been ordered to replay the match.

Poll, who was sent home from the 2006 World Cup for brandishing three yellow cards to one player in the same game, sympathises with Stroud.

Stroud was berated by Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez at full-time (Photo: Richard Lee/BPI/REX/Shutterstock)
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