Styles Will Not Rescind Beye Red Card


It turns out that Referee Rob Styles will not be rescinding the red card he gave out last night to Habib Beye, which completely changed the complexion of last night’s game.



Rob Styles – will not rescind sending off

The referee promised Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear that he would review the incident after the game. Robinho was brought down as Beye tackled the City striker, as he was clean through from a great  Wright-Phillips pass, and Styles awarded the penalty immediately and sent Beye off.

But we noticed last night that Robinho and Jo, the two Brazilians, were falling down all over the place, at the slightest of physical contacts.  It did look like Beye deflected the ball away, and some would say it was a tremendous last ditch tackle from the Senegalese.

But the Daily Mail is today reporting that Styles is happy with his decision, and the sending-off will almost certainly stand. That will mean that Beye will miss Saturday’s derby game at  Sunderland.

It will put a premature end to Beye’s short comeback, but on the positive side will ensure he’s well recovered from his Achilles injury.  Referee Styles believed that in attempting to reach the ball, Beye fouled the Brazilian, denying him an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

Well, we’ll just have to get on with it, and it turns out that Geremi did very well last night throughout the game,  and will slot nicely into the right back position on Saturday. We need the Cameroon International’s experience right now, and he seems to be playing well for manager Joe Kinnear.

With Jonas Gutierrez fit for Saturday we will have 3 wingers in N’Zogbia, Duff and Gutierrez to choose from, and Geremi will not be required on the right wing.

We think Gutierrez and Duff will start, with Charles on the subs bench again, but the young Frenchman will again be used sometime during the game.

Comments welcome.



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51 comments so far

  • shearernine

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #1

    What a Ducking Yanker he clearly played the ball no penalty no red Card……

    he should never ref a top level game again.

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  • redeye

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Don’t trust the Mail but how can Styles justify not overturning it. You only have to watch the replay once to see he got it wrong.

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  • sweendog

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #3

    F**k me. .. if it doesn’t get recinded they should make referrees accoutable for their mistakes .. total feckin joke .. I hope this is only a rumour.

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #4

    The referee ist a vanker

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  • Tom1664

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #5

    He knows that if he admits to another blunder that his top flight career is over. More interested in saving his skin than getting it right.

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  • Spitfire

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #6

    I am not surprised that Styles wont review his decision. He is a very arrogant referee. We just have to believe in the swings and roundabouts principle – that we will get as many decisions going for us as against us throughout the season and eveything balances out in the end! After all Micheal Owen’s last penalty award was a bit soft centred but we still took it and scored

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  • Bill F

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Spitfire, I am not so sure. Obviously we are very biased, but despite this I feel we are getting more bad decisions than good at the moment. It seems to come with the relegation territory. And dare I say it, I think the Spuds are getting the same bad deal.
    On a different note, I said before the game I hope Dunne is in the ManC team and he fully justified my hopes. 🙂

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  • Champion

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #8

    How can John Terry’s red card recinded and not Habib Beye’s. Rob Styles is a joke, him and other referees are getting too many of the big decisions wrong.

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  • ronjohno

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Tom 1664 spot on.
    There is no way Styles will admit again that he was wrong.
    I was not at the match due to shift work but mates tell me it was actually the linesman who gave the penalty by immediately putting flag across his chest.
    Maybe we cannot have it all ways because how many times do supporters say a linesman should be consulted by the referee.

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  • Chizzy_Toon

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #10

    What pi$$ed me off as well as Beye’s red card, was when Nicky Butt tackled Robinho, Robinho then grabbed the ball assuming that he had won the freekick. Styles gave the free kick to us, but no yellow card for deliberate handball!!! Respect for referees pfftt, not until they earn it.

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  • Bemused

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Just posted this on the other thread… hadn’t seen this new thread, so posting again……

    I’m surprised no-one has commented as to why Rob Styles has told Joe Kinnear that he would give him a decision in four or five days !!!. For christ sake, how much arse covering does the ref want ???? surely he knows now that he made a mistake, but no doubt he’ll have to check with his bosses, check with the FA etc etc etc ……

    We play the dirty mackem scumbags in four days……. we need to know now. How’s Joe going to prepare the defence when he doesn’t know who will be playing right-back ???? Utterly ridiculous, and this is at least the fourth such cock-up by Styles that I can recall.

    I dare bet he comes out and says there was contact before Beye touched the ball just so he doesn’t look like a pratt again.

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  • Lost Prophet

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t see how the Daily Mail can say that when Styles admitted he will not have a chance to study the tape until this afternoon.

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  • Spidey

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Hmmmmm, I guess if your John Terry playing for Chelsea it’s a whole different game.

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  • European Bob

    Oct 21, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Ass cancer is too good for Rob Styles.

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  • fisio311

    Oct 21, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #15

    From the reaction of the players you could tell that it was not a penalty and my first reaction was to see what the linesman was doing and he was running towards the corner flag. If he had flagged for a penalty then he must have done it in an instant as I saw him running towards the corner flag. I thoght that if they gave a penalty they had to standstill with the flag across the chest.

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  • Pit Yaka

    Oct 21, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #16

    How out of touch is football in this country, the whole lot of them (refs) think they are mega celebrities. Clearly Beye won the ball and as for wiping out the Brazillian, thats not what I saw. Complete and utter crap!!! This is what is turning people away from the game. Football is a physical contact sport and should stay that way. 10 yrs ago that wouldve been ahell of a tackle. Look at the tackle Vidic put in against Jonas against manure. You trying to tell me that that wasn’t a penealy. The muppet should be sacked immdediately and Graham Poll should follow. Idiots!!!

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  • A.L. 9

    Oct 21, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m pretty sure the FA went against the referees desision when he decided he wouldn’t recinding Terry’s card and even banned him from refereeing a game the next week.

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  • ToonRich

    Oct 21, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #18

    They need to take a look at the diving scums body position when the tackle was made…Robinho was already taking the plunge to the ground before contact was made with him.

    Awesome tackle, and its what I want to see more of from the boys…obviously with a good ref watching!!

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  • Ausgeordie

    Oct 21, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #19

    It seems the refs dont have to apologise if you are not in the hunt for the title. If we get relegated I say we sue the refs association because it is clearly the wrong decision, we have video evidence. The fact is he reached the ball at which point ronhino had no possession and ran into Beye. How this is fair I do not know but Joe needs to come and and demand an apology.

    I hate to say it but what would Jose do? Would Jose have stood for this or been disgusted with their behaviour and said so. He wont rescind it because it means he is apologising twice in a few weeks.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 21, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Even if he doesnt recind the card it will go to board of appeal. Surely the linesman had a clear view. Styles was so far behind the incident it would be an impossible call.

    I am biased as all of us are but the replay shows over and over and over and over that the ball was reached and Robinho was on the way down before any contact.

    Beye will be a loss but if its going to happen we will have to look to Saturday and welcome back Jonas and Barton.

    COME ON TOON!

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  • Ausgeordie

    Oct 21, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Is he retarded???? If so I’ll happily make a donation…..I will…but he got it wrong and needs to say so. I dont care about the points they are gone and the sending off actually galvanised the team but Habib should not be punished for a crime tv replays show he did not commit

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  • Terry Mac's Crossword

    Oct 21, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Not surprised.
    I’d love it if someone cut and pasted styles’ face (electronically, not literally (although…)) onto the famous dancing Ricky Gervais off of “The Office” and put yellow and red cards in his stupid dancing hands, then put it on youtube. Now that would be something! You’re a stupid dancing fool Styles . . . A STUPID DANCING FOOL!!!! HA HA HA HA AAAAMMNAAAH.

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  • BIGPEAOVTHEWEAB

    Oct 21, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #23

    PUREinjustace wot a nob cheese rob styles is any 1 no wot bar he drinks in me n the boys are game to nack him

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  • neeraj

    Oct 21, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #24

    top 4 teams are allowed to tackle, go for the ball in strong way….
    we are here to just admire them play their game and not allowed to disturb them

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  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Can’t he appeal against the red?

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  • Northumberland Magpie

    Oct 21, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #26

    In these instances we should have a TV ref like in other sports. The game was effectively stopped when the penalty was awarded so would not have broken up the game.

    For instance when the game has been stopped video replays should be checked with independant official, its about time the game accepted this.

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  • samthecat

    Oct 21, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Different rules for the top teams-sending off on Sunday for Kilgannon of Sheff Utd was also a complete joke by Mike Riley-refereeing is just poor-linesman are even worse.

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  • ToonKing

    Oct 21, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #28

    F***k you you w*anker Stylesm a bloody idiot, who should have been demoted a long time ago.

    Why the FA is doing nothing against these incompetent ref’s like Rob and Rennie is beyond me.

    I could beat Rob Styles to a pulp the twat.

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  • ToonKing

    Oct 21, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #29

    We still have the appel tohugh, don’t we ??

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  • GoesseN

    Oct 21, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #30

    haha i love the quote

    “But the Daily Mail is today reporting that Styles is happy with his decision”

    since when should we listen to the newspapers? mate you have to stop using the newspapers as your bible, its pretty sad that you beleive such tripe.

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  • Whumpie

    Oct 21, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #31

    C’mon Ed – it’s the Daily-smeggin-Mail! When will you learn not to base stories (let alone headlines) on what the UK tabloids say??

    Do you really think under-fire referees nip to the pub to risk their careers spilling under-investigation beans to tabloid journalists?

    If you must recycle unsubstantiated and highly suspect non-news, at least make the headline something like “Tabloid Claims Red Card Will Stand”.

    As for those responding as if it’s true – WTF??

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  • ObaFan2

    Oct 21, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #32

    What happened to these officials punishing the cheats (divers) or was that just for last season and now they have gone back to being conned again?

    I have said for many years although the football in the EPL has improved, become faster and stronger, the refereeing has not improved and actually spoils too many games.

    Unbelievable decision and Styles should be punished more if he is not willing to admit his mistake imo.

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  • Bill F

    Oct 21, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #33

    I believe that Red may be his favourite colour, since he was abducted by aliens on a London bus and left on the Moon (pity they bought him back). It must be a true story as it was in a tabloid some years back.

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  • ObaFan2

    Oct 21, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #34

    GoesseN & Whumpie, this is a blog and as far as I am concerned Ed can write articles based on anything he wants even if he doesn’t say the source. It is for us to debate, ignore or believe etc… No big deal tbh, not like you’ve paid for a paper !

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  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 21, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Am i the only one here or maybe i need my eyes fixed.
    Not only that Beye got the ball first and not the player,he also did it outside the box,so it shouldn’t have been a penalty aswell.

    Maybe i’m wrong but i don’t think so.

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  • dave

    Oct 21, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #36

    If the FA have the authority to fine players, clubs and managers for their indiscretions, it’s about time that clubs who are suitably aggrieved should be able to claim compensation from poor refereeing decisions which could ultimately affect the status of the club.

    After all if the FA can use video evidence and impose fines, why can’t clubs? After all, why should everything be in favour of the FA and not the clubs who pay their wages.

    We have the technology and ability to play back TV within seconds and it’s about time it was utilised as there is too much at stake in many competitions.

    I know that’s an ideal world but it’s about time the game moved forward and dodgy refereeing decisions were eliminated.

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  • thefuturesbrightthefuturesblackandwhite

    Oct 21, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #37

    appeal on thursday 23rd but dont hold your breath.

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  • Ericles

    Oct 21, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #38

    Let us face it – this is the arrogance of Rob Styles all over. That ref last night never told those Brazilian divers Robhino and Jo that St James is a football pitch not a swimming pool! On appeal I hope the red card is rescinded and the truth comes out. I think it is time Styles (and a couple of other biased refs I could mention) was red carded himself. Too big for his whistle and boots by far.

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  • newcastle29

    Oct 21, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #39

    just been ssn that styles is reveiwing the red card.

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  • scotty

    Oct 21, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #40

    It’s only a matter of time before this referee is relegated to the coca cola leagues……

    You can’t hide behind these decisions – they end games prematurely.

    Well done to the lads last night – what a gritty, battling performance. lets carry this on through to Saturday…………….

    Up the mags!!!

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