Great new today for Newcastle United in that Habib Beye has had his red card against Manchester City overturned, and is now free to play in this weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby.
Habib Beye – great news fro Senegal International
It’s just a pity that another blunder from Rob Styles cost Newcastle the win on Monday night – do we now get an extra two points? 🙁
A statement from the Football Association today read:
At a Regulatory Commission hearing today, a claim for wrongful dismissal from Newcastle United defender Habib Beye was upheld.
As a result, Beye’s one-match suspension has been withdrawn.
Beye was shown a red card for making a last ditch tackle on Robhino, but replays clearly showed he deflected the ball after 12 minutes of Newcastle’s match against Manchester City on Monday night. Most would have thought it was abrillaint last ditch tackle by the Senegalese and saved a goal, but not referee Rob Styles.
Since the game most observers thought it was not a foul but it cost Newcastle 2 points, because we were down to 10 men from that time on.
And it’s yet another embarrassing error by referee Rob Styles, who in one single moment had more effect on the game and its result than either of the teams over the 90 minutes. That’s not good – not good at all.
On the other hand it’s a brave decision by the FA, who seem willing to right the wrongs of referees, at least as best they can – and that’s good, but we would have liked to have seen clarification on why it was not a foul, as a kind of precedent.
We didn’t expect Beye’s card to be overturned in all honesty, but that’s just great news, and augers well for the Sunderland game on Saturday.
And Habib himself will be delighted, because he is desperate to play at Sunderland, and now he will get his wish, and our side will be even stronger, with probably our best back four lining up in
Beye Taylor Coloccini and Bassong.
Comments very welcome.