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Dermot Gallagher defends referee over Watford goal

Gallagher defends referee over Watford goal
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Former Premier League official Dermot Gallagher defends the referee after Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure scored with his hand against Southampton.

Former Premier League official Dermot Gallagher has claimed that referee Roger East had "no chance whatsoever" of spotting Abdoulaye Doucoure's 'handball goal' against Southampton.

With the Saints leading 2-1 heading into the closing minutes, Doucoure bundled the ball into the net to earn Watford a share of the spoils at Vicarage Road.

Replays showed that Southampton were right to feel aggrieved with the decision, but Gallagher has defended East and his assistant over the incident.

Gallagher told Sky Sports News: "The referee, I believe, is the victim here because he has no chance whatsoever. If you look where the player's head is, he moves his head forward, and the only person who can clearly see that that is handball is the goalkeeper.

"When you look at it sideways on, when you see the head go forward you cannot be sure at that distance whether he has headed it or not. The only person who knows is the player himself and obviously the goalkeeper."

The result of Saturday's game left Southampton just one point above the relegation zone in the Premier League standings.

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