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Nick Pope hits back at Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo claims over disallowed goal. 

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Nick Pope of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on October 16, 2022 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope insists referee Craig Pawson was right to disallow Cristiano Ronaldo goal on Sunday.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial goal was ruled out in Manchester United’s draw with Newcastle United. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ronaldo felt he opened the scoring in the second half after Fabian Schar touched the ball back to Pope to take a free kick. But before the Newcastle goalkeeper struck the ball, Ronaldo nipped in and dribbled the ball a few yards before finishing into an empty net.

Pawson immediately ruled out Ronaldo’s effort, despite huge protests from United’s players, while the 37-year-old was also given a yellow card.

Ronaldo was then booked after pleading with Pawson to give the goal. (Photo: Getty Images)

Should Ronaldo’s goal vs Newcastle have stood? 

‘The free-kick was slightly in the wrong place and obviously Fabby’s [Schar] rolled it back to me and walked off,’ Pope told Chronicle Live.

‘I think you know by everyone’s body language that you know he’s not meaning to take a free-kick.

‘I think the referee sorted it out quickly and fair play to him for making the right decision and squashed it straight away.’

Manchester United players surround referee Craig Pawson after he disallowed a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo against Newcastle United. (Photo: Getty) 

When asked about Ronaldo’s goal controversy, Erik ten Hag said: ‘I don’t have a comment, everyone has seen it.

‘I shared that with them [the officials]. Everyone has seen what happened today on the pitch.’

Giving his verdict on Ronaldo’s attempt, Newcastle boss Eddie Howe said: ‘I could see it at the time, and for me it was clear Fabi [Schar] wasn’t taking the kick. He was allowing Nick to do it.

‘I don’t know if the ref had blown his whistle, but I don’t think he had to restart play. For me, it was clear that Nick was waiting to actually deliver the free-kick and then, obviously, Ronaldo had taken the ball off him. It would have been a very, very difficult goal to swallow if it had stood. For me it was clear the ball it wasn’t in play.’

Dermot Gallagher rules over Cristiano Ronaldo’s disallowed goal vs Newcastle

Former Premier League referee Gallagher appeared on Sky Sports on Monday. He explained why Craig Pawson was right to rule out Ronaldo’s second half goal.

“If you watch, he [Ronaldo] doesn’t go to the ball straight away,” he said.

“He takes an eternity to go. And everybody’s in shock. Everybody thinks that’s still going to be a free kick.

“I think you have more argument if it’s given. I think everyone accepts that’s a free kick to the goalkeeper. Referee is waiting for that to be taken. Be sensible.”

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