It is hardly a surprise that Newcastle’s interim manager Joe Kinnear has been asked by the FA to explain his comments after branding Martin Atkinson a Mickey Mouse referee last Sunday.
When Joe arrived at Newcastle almost 7 weeks ago, he had to sit in the stands for a couple of games, because of a ban he picked up while in his last management job at Nottingham Forest. Kinnear was banned back in 2004 for mocking the referee when he was sill the Nottingham Forest manager, but left the club before serving out his ban.
After he joined Newcastle Joe talked about that incident:
“I got two matches for calling one of the referees ‘Coco the Clown’,” “I asked the referee what he did in his spare time, and that was it.”
The Football Association today confirmed that it has written to Kinnear and asked him to explain his statements following Sunday’s game.
An FA spokesman said today:
“The FA have confirmed they have written to Joe Kinnear to ask him to explain his comments about referee Martin Atkinson following the game at Fulham.”
After the Fulham game Joe Kinnear had told the press:
“We have got the Mickey Mouse referee doing nothing. He’s made an error that cost us.”
Kinnear was annoyed about Fulham’s second goal, and thinks the official missed what he felt was a push by Fulham striker Andy Johnson on Newcastle defender Claudio Cacapa, but we couldn’t see anything from the TV replays, which we looked at a number of times following Joe’s claim.
Quite honestly it was Mickey Mouse defending that cost Newcastle both goals conceded against Fulham.
Since we gave away two bad goals, and our goal was clearly offside, we don’t really think it was worthwhile complaining about the officiating. 😀
Joe now has a week to respond to the FA request, after which the FA will decide whether or not a charge will follow. Since Joe received a warning from the FA, following his rant principally against Simon Bird of the Daily Mail, we think he will likely be punished, maybe with a one game ban, but let’s hope the FA are not too severe on Joe.
Joe Kinnear needs all the help he can get right now at Newcastle, with such a small squad, and three long term injuries, and no help whatsoever from the Newcastle Board, who are getting big wages for doing almost nothing.
We wonder if the FA will take that into consideration. 😀
We will continue to support Joe Kinnear at Newcastle, and he’s showing in his short time at the club to be quite a character, and we know he’s doing his very best in what are extremely difficult circumstances, that other managers wouldn’t even take on.
We appreciate that.