Even more bad news for Newcastle today as Mike Williamson has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.
Mike Williamson – could get three match ban
This follows a clash with Johan Elmander in Saturday’s 5-1 defeat at Bolton, when Mike bumped into Johan, but the big 6’4″ Swede went down and stayed down, as though he was completely knocked out – but we think it was just good acting.
If he was concussed and as bad as it looked, he should not have been allowed to continue, but he was up and running within a few minutes, which is why we think it was a good acting job – and now he has got one of his fellow players suspended.
The incident was missed by the referee, but we watched it on TV when it happened, as Elmander brought attention to it, by staying down as though he had been completely knocked out – have you ever been knocked out when somebody bumped into your shoulder?
Because the referee Howard Webb did not see it, that allowed the FA to charge Mike with violent conduct, and of course Mike has been an ever-present in Newcastle’s Premier League season, and will be sorely missed.
While he hasn’t yet been banned, we cannot see any other outcome, and therefore Newcastle will have lost Coloccini and Williamson for three games.
Luckily we have Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor ready, willing and hopefully able to come in and play well for the Magpies, and also 20 year-old Tamas Kadar, the new full Hungarian International is also available.
We stress there was no injury whatsoever to Elmander, and if he had got straight up, as a big strapping 6’4″ Swede should have, there wouldn’t have been any fuss made of it.
An FA spokesman said tonight:
“Williamson has until 6pm on Tuesday November 23 to reply to the charge and under The FA’s fast-track regulations may admit the charge and accept a standard three-match suspension.”
Some of the FA’s decision to us are just baffling – but there again it’s the English FA, and they are well known for making ridiculous decisions.
Newcastle may appeal this one, but we doubt it.