Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has told Sky Sports News, broadcast on March 21 at 10.30am, that there wasn't any issues with the build-up leading up to Newcastle United's equalising goal against Sunderland.
In the North-East derby at St James' Park, Sunderland held a narrow advantage thanks to Jermain Defoe and looked on course for victory before Aleksandar Mitrovic netted with a header during the closing stages of the contest.
The Magpies' goal came moments after the referee had adjudged that Sunderland full-back DeAndre Yedlin had committed a foul throw, giving the possession back to Newcastle but there was also an argument over whether Moussa Sissoko also threw the ball back into play incorrectly.
Gallagher has commented on both incidents and has defended the decisions made by official Martin Atkinson.
He said: "The ball has to come from behind Yedlin's head and I don't think it does. He also throws it into the ground and it is a classic example of what is a foul throw. We don't see many given but the reason it becomes debatable is because Newcastle go and score.
"The difference with Sissoko is he throws the ball up. I think Yedlin threw the ball into the ground but we are only talking about it because of the goal. Many, many times, it is not the decision that the referee makes, it is the consequence of that decision."
Newcastle faced falling four points adrift of their fierce rivals had they suffered defeat on Sunday afternoon, but Mitrovic's equaliser has kept them within a win of moving out of the relegation zone in the Premier League table.
Their goal difference is worse than that of Sunderland and Norwich, but they have an opportunity to change that when they travel to Carrow Road to face the Canaries after the international break.