Mike Williamson Charged With Violent Conduct – Could Get 3 Match Ban

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.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • bentoon

    Nov 22, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Check your spelling Ed! lol.

    De Jong wasnt banned because the ref saw it but chose not to act. Retrospective action can only be taken if the officials missed the incident.

    Id rather not blame the FA but our own players, the discipline has been shocking the past few games, behaviour and performance wise.

  • CT

    Nov 22, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Is it me, am I paranoid that the FA got it in for us.Next week is the draw for 3rd round of the FA cup and they have decided to introduce an award for the giant killing act of each round. The Bas***ds only effin named THE RONNY RADFORD TROPHY.
    Now they are taking the urine!!

  • Solaidback

    Nov 22, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Bentoon – Why have a pop at Ed, it’s nowt to do with his spelling, just the way the Fa’s regs are written!! Why can’t the FA do something if the ref see’s the incident but can if he doesn’t, that sounds very much like double standards to me & should be changed as the tackle by Dejong was way far worse than anything Barton, Colo & Willo have done all season but he got away with it because the ref, who we all know was very bias towards Manc ‘cheating’ Citey that game, said he saw the incident & didn’t think it deserved a booking, even though HBA was carried off on a stretcher sucking oxygen due to the pain!!!

    Personally if the FA have reviewed this incident & feel that Willo deserves a 3 match ban for his shoulder hitting Elmander, then they seriously have a problem with our club, because things like that happened every game but no other players are being banned except Toon players!!!

  • Solaidback

    Nov 22, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #4

    CT – I think you’re right mate, plus now they’ve banned 2 of our players for silly incident that go on all the time but I don’t see any other teams getting players banned by the FA…. it’s only since the HBA incident & our protest that the FA are watching everything our players are doing now!!!

  • Solaidback

    Nov 22, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Anyone got a clip of the incident as I’ve not seen it myself & would like to know for defo if he did flattern him or not!!!

  • Thump

    Nov 22, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Was I imagining things? Webb and his assistant saw the incident and didn’t do a thing about it!

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 22, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #7

    So how long till Carroll gets a 3+ match ban for “jumping too high”?

  • CT

    Nov 22, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Solaid, Guess what, Daily Mail gotts pic on their webshite, don`t look conclusive tho`.
    Conspiracy or what??

  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 22, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Never a head butt in a million bloody years!

    I thought I’d re-watch it a few times in slow-mo and all he does it body checks him!

    I’m not too bothered about it though, as Campbell & Saylor are both great players. It’ll be interesting to see if they do well

  • noir9

    Nov 22, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Got to dis-agree…it looked like a butt & you can’t blame the FA for players letting the team down.

  • stunna

    Nov 22, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #11

    This is it around the 2-minute mark of the second clip (MOTD clip), right? If so, Webb called a foul on the play. Why was the FA able to review it? It really isn’t that bad of a foul.


  • CT

    Nov 22, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #12

    By the way it`s a 5 year contract, not sure??
    If Saylor signes tempted to flog him, I think he`s starting to get found out last few games, he`s no leader. £4-5mill could be tempted. Kadar better prospect long term.
    PS: Wolves Henry out upto 3 months with Knee injury, now that is a shame . LOL

  • Whitecap

    Nov 22, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Stunna, that was a different play. I remember the incident from the match and it occurred away from the ball and it was a head butt. It didn’t look that bad to me, but the commentators (forget who they were now) sure made a big deal out of it.

  • stunna

    Nov 22, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Whitecap – thanks for clearing that up.

  • chuck

    Nov 22, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #15

    What`s going on, missed the weekend action went out fishing for stripers, but caught the highlights to-day.
    What the hell are we turning into Stoke or Wolves? looks like we have more than one thug in the side.
    Yeah, I know i have`nt seen it, but to-days tv angles catch everything, the digs and kicks, dives and general bad acting and it`s unlikely the FA have `nt chececked out the video.
    If in fact Williamson is innocent then he will be exonerated.
    5-1, embarrassing !
    On the other hand under Coyle it aint BSA`s style of football, but again yeah two men down in this league and it`s all over.
    Time for a team talk , with the troops Chris, we cant go on like thisA
    Afraid this is the tightest the EPL has been since it`s inception, top one day, tenth the next.
    There`s still the possibility of relegation, just look at the numbers.
    So far it`s been a bit of a roller coaster, not just for the Toon, but every club in the division, aint no more gimees !
    Gotta get more consistency.

  • mattnufc

    Nov 22, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Some people are making a big deal out of the FA. Barton should be suspended for what he did, Williamson appears to headbutt Elmander so should he, but I guess so should De Jong!

  • stunna

    Nov 22, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #17

    The incident can be seen around the 9:40 mark of the clip I posted above (the second video on that link – MOTD). Looks like he meant to head butt him. I can’t really complain with the suspension.

  • Thump

    Nov 22, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #18

    What bothers me is that Howard Webb (the best ref in England) played advantage, didn’t pull play back for a card and the assistant ref didn’t bother with anything – yet NOW the FA take retrospective action?

    What a joke the FA truly is.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 22, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Barton punches a norwegian puff that acts like he’s been shot (3 match ban), Williamson trips into a supposed swedish rock (3 match ban), Coloccini attempted to hold him off, yeah fair enough it was a foul and probably a red card, but there was no intent there at all (3 match ban)

    Yet Nigel De Jong delibarately breaks Hatems leg and someone elses leg aswell, almost ending their careers and putting them out for almost the whole season and dont forget his assault on Alonso at the world cup, trying to stop him from having children (= no action taken by the FA)


  • spanishtoon

    Nov 22, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #20

    I think the premier league to take each case as an individual incident. Thats what theyve done here, sure they’d probably say that they made a mistake on the de jong incident but hey…

    great piece on the toon here,
    “breaking news: no news on Tyneside”

  • bentoon

    Nov 22, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Sorry guys wasnt having a pop at ed, i read the post before it was finished and he spelt it ‘newctsle’ or something so i was taking the piss. probably shoulda explained!

  • petey

    Nov 23, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #22

    BeeGuy // Nov 22, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    So how long till Carroll gets a 3+ match ban for “jumping too high”?

    Haha, good one.

    Seriously though, what Coloccini did was way worse…..and in fact deserves what he got

    This is a joke to be honest. Isnt that the same thing that happened when bentner blocked one of our players in the carling cup? Did he get charged with violent conduct?

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 23, 2010 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #23

    Turkish magpie,

    Yes agreed the FA are an absolute shower and worse than useless over de Jong, but 2 wrongs don’t make a right.

    I think you are seeing that through very black and white tinted specs my friend. Imagine if Barton was playing for Sunderland and had punched one of our players in the guts, that would be ok would it ? No I didn’t think so.

    These people are role models. Next thing you’ll know kids will be doing that, but it’ll be ok by you, because anyone who goes down after being winded is a puff in your world.

    How can you say Colo wasn’t deliberate. He’s been doing stuff like that all season and getting away with it. It’s part of the culture / gamesmanship in Argentina. Look at his face when he went over to do it and tell me that wasn’t malicious !!

  • Selbymag

    Nov 23, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #24

    Rotonda – dont spin that footballers are role models crap. There is a difference between kids having a hero and a role model. Heros in football in music are often the bad boys Gazza , Carroll, musically Keith Richards, Shaun Ryder. a role model is “someone worthy of imitiation” this is different.
    Footballers these days are on a par with rockstars, actors. They are not role models. Apologies but that theory really gets on my Tits!

  • expatgeordie

    Nov 23, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #25

    I think we might just have found our best CB pairing of Steve Taylor & Sol Campbell. I do not think that Williamson is up to the PL & Collo isn’t up to the physical stuff. I think we might just get a result against Chelsea at the weekend

  • ganiyu

    Nov 23, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #26

    Relegation battle begins.when you fight a war you must always have back ups.it a difference btn nufc and man u

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 23, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #27


    Ok role model may not be the right term. But whatever you want to call it, they are the most imitated people in society and as a football coach myself, what Rooney and co do today, I see the kids follow tomorrow.

    For me the greatest role model is Beardo.

  • Davies

    Nov 23, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #28

    Sorry expatgeordie, I have to disagree. Sol and Taylor are good cover, but they come third and fourth respectively in the pecking order at the moment. Colo and Willo have a good partnership at the back and I think it works best when they have Tiote in front of them. Don’t get me wrong, I think Campbell and Steven Taylor are more than good enough to be playing at this level, but they’re going to need to get some match sharpness in before we can rely on them as much as we have our other two senior centre backs.

    Oh, and Williamson is definitely good enough to play at this level. Hughton thinks so and Harry Redknap seems to as well. I reckon those boys know a thing or two about football.

  • G

    Nov 23, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Not sure I agree with you on that last point Davies. Harry Redknapp’s specialist field is surely buying players he cant afford and bankrupting a club?


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