Martin Keown wants to join Premier League’s Independent Key Match Incidents Panel after Newcastle’s contentious winner vs Arsenal
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Martin Keown wants to join Premier League’s Independent Key Match Incidents Panel after Newcastle’s contentious winner vs Arsenal

Nov 12, 2023

Arsenal legend Martin Keown says he’d ‘love’ to have a position on the Premier League’s Independent Key Match Incidents Panel.

His words come after Newcastle’s winner in their 1-0 victory against the Gunners last weekend was controversially allowed to stand.

Keown disagrees with the ruling over Gordon's goal and wants to join the panel

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Keown disagrees with the ruling over Gordon’s goal and wants to join the panelCredit: Getty

VAR checked if the ball went out of play, if Joelinton fouled Gabriel and if Anthony Gordon was in an offside position before scoring.

Referee Stuart Attwell awarded the goal and an independent panel have since said that the correct decision was made at St. James’ Park.

However, Arsenal ‘Invincible’ and talkSPORT pundit Keown disagrees with the ruling and has revealed he wants to join the panel himself.

Speaking on White and Jordan, he said: “They’re looking at it in the cold light of day almost, they’re getting a second chance to get this right and when they get it wrong, it’s a double hit.”

Host Jim White replied: “But they didn’t get it wrong.”

A fuming Keown said: “In my opinion they got it wrong, and I’m not alone in the opinion by the way.”

White then said that he is in the minority when holding such a view, but the former defender responded: “No I don’t think so. To suit your narrative that’s what you’re throwing at me.

“Maybe I should sit in on the panel… I don’t think I would be allowed anywhere near it.”

The Arsenal legend believes the goal should have been disallowed

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The Arsenal legend believes the goal should have been disallowed

White asked if there is a number they can contact for the Premier League’s Independent Key Match Incidents Panel.

“Let’s do it,” added Keown and when questioned if he was serious, he stated: “I’d love to go along but, Jim, I wouldn’t get that opportunity.

“I might bring some common sense to the table, but that’s not going to happen, is it?”

The panel, which was introduced at the beginning of last season for the independent judgement of decisions, has five members.

Three of those are former players and/or coaches, with the PGMOL and Premier League also each having a representative.

Despite the experience on the panel, Keown explained why disagreed with their ruling on the Newcastle goal: “This is obviously subjective, even though it goes to VAR.

“I don’t agree with the panel. I would prefer actually, if we’re going to name names, I would prefer to look at three former top referees who have all looked at this incident very closely.

“Firstly we look at Chris Foy, he said for him, it was a foul. Dermot Gallagher, top referee, former referee, said it was a foul. Mark Clattenburg, said it was a foul.

“So we can all aim at the evidence, I don’t even know who the panel is made up of, I’m not sure it can be particularly independent, but I simply don’t agree.”


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