Referee Apologizes To Smith For Booking After Just Two Minutes

Alan Smith was booked after just 2 minutes of the game on Saturday night when he was adjudged to have made a tackle from behind, after Jose Enrique played a hospital ball to him.

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Alan Smith – booked after just 2 minutes

It should never have been a booking as it was Alans’ first foul, and the game had just got under way – and it seemed a case of Smith’s legendary tough play going ahead of him.

Of course one more booking for Smith and we were down to 10 men so it’s always worrisome when our players get booked, especially early in the games.

However it seems that referee Taylor apologized to Alan at half time:

“I don’t know how it was a booking – I just put it back to where it was.”

“The referee said to me at half time, ‘I won’t book you for anything you do in the second half, because it’s not a booking’.”

“It’s one of those things – he apologized at half-time for it, but he can’t take it off, unfortunately.” “It wasn’t even a booking.”

“The referee apologised, but he can’t take it away. I’ll get on with it.” “Bookings, suspensions, sendings off are going to happen in this league – there’s a lot of games. “

What we often fail to remember is that referees are people too, and they make mistakes just like the players – the problem is becoming,  that in big money football the referee’s mistakes get amplified out of all proportion.

And while the performance of the Newcastle team was hopeless at times on Saturday, yes just hopeless, our captain refused to get too downhearted after the team slipped to second place in the Coca-Cola Championship on goal difference to West Bromwich Albion, who had a good 3-1 win against Reading.

Alan, who gave a good and typical fighting performance in the second half on Saturday,  continued:

“It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster, and I’m sure there are many ups and downs to come.” “We’re disappointed – in the second half we didn’t get out of their half.”

“We’ve been beaten by a goal just before half time – it was a poor time to concede.” “In the second half we couldn’t have done much more to score a goal, and if we’d got one, we’d have got two.”

A win is all we need tomorrow night to get back on track – it’s as easy as that.

8 comments so far

  • dave 1961

    Oct 19, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #1

    ref was a bit of a clown he seemed to do his best to book as many of our players as he could, you don’t need to book a player because he fouls, only when its a cheating deliberate foul, or persisting fouling, some of the refs seem to book our players whilst letting the opposition away with a lot worse, is it because we are their to be knocked down, by anyone.

  • G

    Oct 19, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s nice to see a referee apologise for a mistake though. At least there were no beach balls in this game… if only that had happened the other way round!

  • toonoholic

    Oct 19, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #3

    if anything ref has to apologize for it should be for the disallowed goal !

  • G

    Oct 19, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #4

    There is that too toonoholic… I saw no daylight on the replay?

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 19, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5

    A bad referee & linesmen shouldn’t hide the fact that we were awful on Saturday especially in the 1st half we desperately need some creativity in midfiled and some REAL pace in the team. We also missed Steve Taylor & (dare I say it) Collocinin. Unless some money is spent in January I have an awful feeling we might just struggle to even make the play-offs

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 19, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Shoulda wore the ‘lucky’ yellow away kit!..

  • ende

    Oct 19, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #7

    I have a lot of respect for any referee who can admit he was wrong. They are often overly defensive of their judgements. Hats off.

  • jordi

    Oct 19, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #8

    The rule is; no goal-scoring part of the attacker can be past the last defender, which is utter blx because in that case you can’t have your body behind them but your head in front! Crap rule.

    As for his ‘apology’, there’s a massive difference in admitting you messed up publicly and just having a quiet word in private.

    As for the “I’ll not book you for anything in the second half” part of the quote… really? Reallly???


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