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Why didn’t Peter Walton give a Penalty for Joey Barton’s foul on Gervinho?

Now I’m not a referee so I need a helping hand with this one. As many of you will have seen either live on ESPN or on Match of the Day this evening there was an incident involving Gervinho and Joey Barton in the Newcastle United v Arsenal game.

Gervinho went down in the box mid-way through the first half. Most people thought it was a dive but referee Peter Walton decided that it wasn’t and allowed play to continue with no advantage signaled. This seems pretty crucial. Next Joey Barton grabs Gervinho by the scruff of the neck and drags up him to his feet. At this point there is a meleĆ© and Gervinho slaps Joey Barton and he goes down as though Mike Tyson had right hooked him. It was blatant play acting by Joey Barton but what would you expect?

Gervinho though raised his arms and was rightly sent off and Joey Barton was booked for his role in the incident. However Joey Barton couldn’t have been booked for simulation as if the referee thought that then he wouldn’t have shown Gervinho the red card. So Joey Barton was booked for instigating the incident and dragging Gervinho up to his feet by the scruff of the neck.

Now that incident happened before Gervinho slapped Barton and with the referee not signalling advantage after the alleged dive of Gervinho then surely the first incident that he has blown for is Joey Barton’s yellow card offence on Gervinho then shouldn’t it have been a penalty to Arsenal and not a free kick to Newcastle? Surely the first incident is deemed the foul.

I may be totally wrong but that is how I read the laws of the game and with Peter Walton never indicating that he saw the tackle on Gervinho/dive by Gervinho as not worthy of a foul by never showing that he was playing advantage, then surely Barton’s yellow card offence on Gervinho was during open play and happened in his own penalty area and therefore he should have pointed to the spot?

To be fair to the referee he had a shocker all day long by not sending off Alex Song for a pathetic stamp on Joey Barton but two wrongs does not make a right my friends.

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  1. Simon Bailey Simon Bailey

    lehmann had a penalty awarded against him, when he pushed a player over in the box whilst the game was being played elsewhere on the pitch. if it is in open play, any offence comitted in the box, wether or not the players are playing the ball, is a foul / penalty. Barton played us.

  2. walter walter

    I am a ref and I must say that the only way of restarting the game should have been a penalty for Arsenal.
    It just shows that of all the pundits out there nobody thought about that and this shows that they know nothing about the rules.

  3. Dan Dan

    Im so glad we didnt buy Gervinho.

  4. SomeKindOfGoat SomeKindOfGoat

    The laws of the game state that a foul in the box is a penalty, regardless of the position of the ball as long as it’s in play. And the ball was certainly still in play while Barton committed ghe foul before Walton stopped the action and turned to sort out the mess.

    So where it appears to be a legitimate penalty, I doubt any referee would have the presence of mind to point to the spot when trying to sort out a 22-man melee and two other decisions (the Gervinho/Barton punishments). The only thing that comes close to this in terms of giving a penalty, that I have seen, is shirt tugging in the box when a dead ball is being flighted nowhere near the incident. I’ve never seen one given where the play has not been revolving around the penalty area, not to say that it has’t happened.

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