That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as Coote “bottled it” at the Amex.
Firstly, the referee did not award a penalty when Ciaran Clark fouled Leandro Trossard after a corner.
He also allowed play to continue when Robert Sanchez fouled Callum Wilson in the closing stages.
On both occasions, VAR intervened, firstly, to award Brighton a penalty before telling Coote to send Sanchez off and award Newcastle a penalty.
“The team of officials, we’ve got Coote as the referee and Craig Pawson on VAR, I just don’t think he [Coote] was at the races,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“On the penalty, it was a clear and obvious error. He had a terrific view, was in a good position, and bottled it. You can’t put it in any other terms.
“If he doesn’t see that, he shouldn’t be refereeing in the Premier League, I’m that forceful about it.
“He was very lucky that Craig Pawson came in and rescued it.
“He missed the trip on Callum Wilson too.
“I got the impression that the person making the decisions here was the VAR, not the referee. He was not at the races.
“The referee was miles behind the play and he’s not seen the foul by the goalkeeper. It’s really poor. He’s better than that.
“It seems to me that he’s got a bit of a confidence issue.”
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