Chris Hughton Furious Over Penalty Decisions

This game boiled down to referee Martin Atkinson and two dreadful penalty decisions, one that went against Newcastle that he gave, and one that went against Newcastle that he didn’t give.

Ben Arfa – waves to Newcastle fans as he is stretchered off this afternoon

And it really seems there is mounting  evidence in these games, that the referees are giving decisions in favor of  the top clubs, as today Martin Atkinson gave a dodgy penalty decision against Newcastle after 18 minutes, when Mike Williamson seemed to play the ball, but was penalized for bringing down Carlos Tevez  just inside the box.

If the referee is to give that penalty than why didn’t he give Newcastle a more clear-cut penalty in the second half, when Joleon Lescott clearly brought down Ameobi in the box, and even the TV commentators were asking why the penalty wasn’t given.

It was a tough result for the Newcastle players to take, as they did very well today when everything seemingly went against them, after Ben Arfa was felled after only a couple of minutes, and looks to be out for months with a suspected broken leg.

And Coloccini had to leave the field before half time with what looked like a groin strain, after Fab had played very well in that first half. So two forced substitutions in the first half but Newcastle were level  1-1 at the break,  and were well in this game.

But Chris Hughton fears Hatem Ben Arfa suffered a broken leg during his side’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester City today, and Hughton told ESPN after the game about the injury to Ben Arfa:

“It seems as if he’s got a broken leg,” “The news is not good. When something like that happens and then to have some incredible decisions go against us, it’s hard to take.”

“We come here knowing it is going to be hard enough, but two horrendous decisions went against us,” “My first view was that Mike Williamson played the ball and that the initial contact is outside the penalty box.”

Speaking about the second incident, when the referee refused to give a penalty after Lescott clearly brought down Ameobi in the box, the Newcastle manager said:

“Absolutely it is a penalty. We’ve already seen it. Lescott loses his footing and of course – absolute penalty.”

Newcastle put on a brave and fighting performance today at Eastlands, and they were unlucky not to pick up at least a point, but it’s not games like this that are perilous to Newcastle.

It’s not being able to get a single point from two home games against Blackpool and Stoke City, and our next home game against Wigan Athletic in a couple of weeks is almost a must-win game.

If we don’t pick up 3 points in that game then we should all be very worried.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Moreno

    Oct 3, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #1

    I want some of that Oxygen, Ben seemed pretty happy after it!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 3, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Crap referee 3 bad decisions De Jong’s tackle was a sending off Tevez’s penalty wasn’t & the tacckle on Ameobi was a penalty. We need to do something about the quality of referees I know they have a hard job but we need to get some ex players into refereeing not people who couldn’t trap a bag of wet cement who went into refereeing when they were kids and know nowt about what happens in a game. God I am angry after seeing the atrocious display by the ref in today’s game

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 3, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #3

    2 shocking decisions for a game we dominanted without creating much.

    The Williamson one was poor but i can see how he could maybe think it was a penalty….but the one of shola, wtf, it what world was that not a penalty.

    Wasnt it the same ref who didnt give a penalty to nolan when he was taken out from behind against Everton?

  • callie9

    Oct 3, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Gdoonsooth – you make a very good point. The majority of refs now got into it as a youngun as they weren’t good enough to play themselves. They therefore have no idea how the game is actually played, just the official rules and regulations. On another note, I thought De Jong’s tackle was strong but fair. If Barton did the same to him though it’s obviously a sending off. It really seems to vary on who you’re playing ie if its a top 4 club. It’s very worrying.

  • brighter

    Oct 3, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Is that ben arfa’s right arms to newcastle fans means NEVER MIND or GOOD BYE?
    Of course I want him to go back to Marseille.What a depression.

  • brighter

    Oct 3, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #6

    I ‘m SORRY.
    i dont want him to go back to marseille.

  • jimiley

    Oct 3, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #7

    We have lost 4 out of 7 including home games against Stoke and Blackpool. Lowly Blackpool who beat the Scousers. The bottom line is that there are about 10 teams who can all beat each other who are in the relegation mix. We are one of them but we would have to be unlucky to get relegated. Having said that, the club is cursed and destined never to win anything. So don’t rule out relegation!!!

  • cynicaltoonfan

    Oct 3, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree with you brighter i think HBA has shone more talent in three games than wayne routledge will this season !
    Im gutted about his injury but the good thing is
    he is still very young so given correct rehab
    he can get back to normal and the fact that he could wave may indicate it might be a break but not a major one !
    Oh well at least jonas was decent today

  • pearceet

    Oct 3, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Robby Bobson

    Nah mate that was marriner

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 3, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Broken leg. Alan Smith. Shite.

  • brighter

    Oct 3, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree with you too. I’m very hoping that wave means might be a break but not a major one.If this is true BEN ARFA has a tender heart out of regard for us.

  • geoff777

    Oct 3, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Heard a TV interview about penalties … he wasn’t furious.

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 3, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #13


    i think he was just acknowledging the applause he was getting

  • stuart no9

    Oct 3, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #14

    gutted,for the pens,gutted for hba, gutted at the result,we dominated, bit dodgy in patches,but so what,we couldnt have given any more, we was totally robbed of 3 points,mugged in manchester,refs are not up to it,that is clear,every game we have played, we have had some dodgy decisions against us that have cost us we have not had the rub of the green at all, its not about who we are playing any more, its about who the ref is , i think we can beat any body, but we cant beat the ref , only 1 person can do that, fergie, every game is a lottery now with these refs.

  • brighter

    Oct 3, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Robby Bobson

    I see.That your prediction is understandable.
    Thank you.

  • Ericles

    Oct 3, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #16

    We were robbed. How many times this season are these inferior referees going to be allowed to officiate? Should have been ours 2-1!

  • baro

    Oct 4, 2010 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #17

    We clearly should of won this game. That ref was totally SH!T!! Hate him. Gave what shouldn’t of been gave, and didn’t give what should of been gave. Absolute do-mass.

  • Sav

    Oct 4, 2010 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Howay, Ed.
    Enough of the “If we don’t pick up 3 points in that game then we should all be very worried.” stuff.

    What happened to ‘it’ll be a hard season to survive but we have to be ready to stick behind Hoots and the boys’?

    Show some spirit yoursel, man! HTL!


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