Joe Kinnear, who has been remarkably cool and balanced about Beye’s sending off last Monday night, said the rescinding of the red card by the FA was a victory for common sense.
TV replays clearly showed Beye had won the ball and referee Rob Styles had also told Kinnear after the game, he would have another look at the film
Joe told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“That is one problem out of the way,” “That is fantastic news. I would have thought that it is a victory for common sense. That is what I said to the referee. I did not lose my head with him.”
“I said you will be surprised when you see the replay of it. I thought at the time that he was in a horrible position to call it as he did. Freeze the frame and he has two players in his view and he is craning his head around to see from behind.”
Beye was making his come-back from an Achilles injury, and as expected was delighted with the news, because he will now line up to play in Newcastle’s biggest game of the season.
Beye said today:
“I’m glad I can play against Sunderland because you enjoy playing in derbies – games like this are why you are a footballer. I’m very happy because I think it was a bad decision. But I can understand because he (Styles) is human and when you are human you can make mistakes.”
“I got the ball and I could not believe it when he gave the penalty and the red card because I was sure I got the ball. You know as a defender when you have got the tackle. When I made this tackle I was 100% confident I could get the ball.”
The club has handled this sending off in a really professional way, and we gave been impressed the way Kinnear has played down the significance of the error from referee Styles.
But the bottom line is that we were punished for the mistake against Man City – but that’s it, we’ll not be without Beye for the Sunderland game, and the FA have done the right thing, in correcting the error. Good for them.