sport news Newcastle penalty blunder referee Keith Stroud reinstated

By Kieran Gill for MailOnline

Published: 01:36 BST, 1 August 2017 | Updated: 01:36 BST, 1 August 2017

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Keith Stroud – the referee whose penalty blunder in Newcastle's victory over Burton last April saw him stripped of his duties for the remainder of the season – is back on the rota.

The 47-year-old has not overseen a match since his mistake at St James' Park after he wrongly failed to allow Matt Ritchie to retake his spot-kick.

It was an unfortunate error but the EFL are announcing that they have 18 officials on their Select Group 2 list for the Championship this season, and Stroud is among them.

Kieth Stroud has been reinstated on the EFL's Group Two list for the Championship this season

Kieth Stroud has been reinstated on the EFL's Group Two list for the Championship this season

Others include Andy Madley – the older brother of Premier League official Bobby – and Darren England, who has been promoted.

Stroud’s inclusion comes after Sportsmail’s Graham Poll said in April that it can take months to get over a mistake. With Newcastle still chasing promotion to the Premier League at the time, it was high profile.

SELECT GROUP TWO REFEREES 2017/18 

James Adcock        Tony Harrington

Peter Bankes           Oli Langford

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