Preston Captain Paul Gallagher Sent Off for Hilarious Handball as Newcastle Seal Promotion
Preston North End midfielder and captain Paul Gallagher had a moment of madness against Newcastle on Monday night.
As can be seen on GiveMeSport, the Scotsman's temporary confusion over his position meant he was given his marching orders and Newcastle were awarded a penalty, after Gallagher produced a save Claudio Bravo could only dream of.
The subsequent penalty was taken and scored by Matt Ritchie, giving Newcastle their third goal of the evening and securing promotion back to the Premier League for Rafa Benitez at the very first time of asking, as the Magpies ran out 4-1 winners.
Newcastle still have an outside chance at securing the title, although it would require leaders Brighton & Hove Albion to collapse in the final two matches, as they sit four points adrift of the top with two game to go.
However, much of the post match conversation has been centred around Gallagher's attempted heroics in goal. As usual, Twitter's reaction to the handball did not disappoint...
BREAKING: Sky Sources understand that Manchester City have made a formal approach for PNE's sweeper keeper, Paul Gallagher. More to follow.— Joe Scott (@Boro_Joe) April 24, 2017
Manchester City are likely to sign a new goalkeeper this summer after Claudio Bravo's troubles, and it would seem as though fans have an idea who Pep Guardiola should consider, especially as the Spaniard likes a keeper that is good with his feet.
Paul Gallagher may be a better goalkeeper than Claudio Bravo.— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) April 24, 2017
Paul Gallagher better than Bravo, sign him up— . (@MADVILLAlNY) April 24, 2017
As ridiculous as Gallagher's handball was, amazingly he is not the only player to have tried something so blatant.
Preston's captain may be in an exclusive club now, but he has certainly got some good company there in Luis Suarez, so long as the Barca man doesn't get too peckish.