Jeff Stelling blasts BBC Match of the Day over 'terrible' decision as Alan Shearer responds

Jeff Stelling blasts BBC Match of the Day over 'terrible' decision as Alan Shearer responds

WATCH NOW: Sports round-up as Jeff Stelling blasts BBC over Match of the Day decision

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 31/03/2024

- 12:11

The former Sky Sports man has expressed his views on social media

Jeff Stelling has blasted Match of the Day for failing to talk about the 'most controversial decision' of the weekend, while also saying the BBC made a 'terrible' production call.

The former Soccer Saturday host took to social media to express his disappointment after Newcastle's stirring 4-3 win over West Ham.

During that contest, Anthony Gordon went down inside the box for a second time following a foul from Kalvin Phillips.

Alexander Isak then netted the resulting penalty, with a brilliant brace from Harvey Barnes giving the Toon all three points.

Jeff Stelling Alan Shearer

Jeff Stelling has criticised Match of the Day with Alan Shearer responding on social media


But Stelling is unhappy that Newcastle's second penalty of the day wasn't discussed.

Writing on X, he said: "Interesting that MotD decided the second Newcastle pen was not worth discussing despite it being prob the most controversial decision of the weekend.

"Not the fault by the way of @AlexScott just terrible production decision."

Yet Alan Shearer has now responded.

"Morning Jeff. My gues is they didn't show it because it was a certain penalty and as you know time is limited on the show!" he replied.

"Hope all well."

Some fans were confused that Gary Lineker didn't host the show.

Shearer and Ian Wright didn't attend either, with Alex Scott presenting alongside pundits Martin Keown and Stephen Warnock.

Newcastle looked dead and buried at 3-1 down to West Ham.

But their comeback was outstanding, with the Toon maintaining their pursuit of European football next term by picking up all three points.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe was delighted with his side's victory, saying: "It tells us we have some unbelievable professionals in there and we still have a spirit that we will never give up.

"It is a game we will never forget, it was a pleasure to be a part of it and I can't praise the players enough."

West Ham boss David Moyes, meanwhile, rued his side's capitulation.

"The [second] penalty kick [awarded for Phillips' foul on Gordon on 77 minutes] is a huge turning point, but I also thought we made a change because we felt as if they had got on top and missed a couple of chances.

"We tried to give ourselves another midfield player at 3-1 up and we didn't want to wait for it to get to 3-2.


Anthony Gordon Kalvin Phillips

Jeff Stelling is unhappy Match of the Day didn't discuss Kalvin Phillips' foul on Anthony Gordon


"Probably that decision didn't work on the day, but more importantly I think the boy puts his foot in front of Kalvin and I don't know how he's supposed to see his leg.

"The penalty kick makes it 3-2 and we had been doing OK.

"We gave up a couple of chances before that which I didn't like and they had started to get some control shooting down the hill, but we had another day when very few things went for us.

"We got ourselves in front and did a lot of good things.

"We looked a real threat in our attacking play for most of the day. We just couldn't be defensively sound and, let's be fair, we've had that issue many times already this season."

Harvey Barnes

Harvey Barnes bagged a brilliant brace as Newcastle beat West Ham on Saturday


Newcastle are next in action against Everton on Tuesday (7.30pm).

West Ham, meanwhile, go up against Tottenham on the same night (8.15pm).

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