Joe Kinnear has publicly apologized today to referee Martin Atkinson, whom he accused of Micky Mouse officiating, following our defeat against Fulham on Sunday afternoon. But Joe – we didn’t deserve to win. 🙁
Martin Atkinson – take that!
Joe has only recently served a two-match game touchline ban for calling a referee Coco The Clown, during his time at Nottingham Forest, which he served when he arrived at Newcastle 7 weeks ago.
Kinnear has said he will also make a personal apology to the West Yorkshire official over his post-match interviews, when he plans to call him today.
“I’m sorry if my post-match comments at Fulham caused any offence, and I’ll ring Martin Atkinson in person to tell him,” “When I spoke to the media on Sunday I was deeply frustrated about losing a game I felt we were in a strong position to win.”
“I said at the time I had no complaints about the foul by Fabricio Coloccini on Andy Johnson which brought Fulham their match-winning penalty.” “
But I have watched the build-up to that goal, and I felt we should have been awarded a free-kick seconds earlier for a foul by Andy Johnson on Cacapa.”
“However, having said this, I have accepted that some of my comments were inappropriate, and I will be calling Martin Atkinson to say that.”
Kinnear stayed in London after the Fulahm game, so he could scout our next opponents, Wigan Athletic, in their Carling Cup tie against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday evening. Arsenal fielded their youngsters, with not one first-teamer starting, and they won the game rather easily, 3-0.
Of course the Arsenal youngsters also knocked Newcastle out of the Carling Cup at The Emirates Stadium 2-0, in September of last year.
Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland is now a doubt for the game at Newcastle with a back problem. Chris has suffered often from recurring back problems during his career.
We have to get back to our winning ways against Wigan, and just like Sunday’s game at Fulham, this is a game we should be winning.