Mike Williamson Could Face FA Suspension

News today that Newcastle center-back Mike Williamson could face an English Football Association charge over a challenge he made on Bolton striker Johan Elmander in Saturday’s game.

Mike Williamson challenges Kevin Davies on Saturday

The FA have confirmed today that they will look into video of the incident during Newcastle’s 5-1 demolition by Bolton on Saturday.

An FA  spokesman said this morning:

“We will be looking at the footage and establishing firstly if the referee saw it and secondly, if he didn’t, whether he would have shown a red card if he had.”

Presumably if Howard Webb saw it then the FA can take no action, but if he didn’t and they could rule it as violent conduct or something like that, and  they could suspend Mike.

Referee Howard Webb took no action over the incident, but of course we have already seen Joey Barton banned for three games after video showed him punching Morten Pedersen in the chest in the Blackburn game recently.

What happened was that Mike seemed to bump into Elmander, who went down as though he had been hit with a Mike Tyson right hook, and appeared to be knocked out – but to us it looked like a decent bit of acting by the big Swede – and we thought Johan was tough.

And of course Webb also sent off Fab Coloccini for elbowing Elmander in the second half, and he will now miss the next three games.

Should Williamson be charged and subsequently suspended then Newcastle manager Chris Hughton will be without both of his first choice center-backs for the game at home to Chelsea on Sunday.

We would expect Steven Taylor and Sol Campbell to come into the first team, should that happen.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • geordie_india

    Nov 22, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1

    So it will be a fresh new defence against Chelsea!

  • munch27

    Nov 22, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #2

    What is the difference between what Willo did to Elmander and what Bentner did to Willo in cup?

  • stunna

    Nov 22, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Honestly, does he deserve a suspension? I couldn’t tell what happened watching a subpar stream. It looked like they collided and Elmander went down holding his head.

  • dave 1961

    Nov 22, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #4

    The difference Newcastle player + fa = witch-hunt

  • my imagination

    Nov 22, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #5

    I would rest him anyway. It’s Taylor & Campbell’s time .After 14 matches, they should have a chance. I really hope C.H prepare them very well for the next game.

  • munch27

    Nov 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Dave us 60’s kids must be must be psychic lol as thats my answer.

  • MonsterMagnet

    Nov 22, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Elmander must be thoroughly unpleasant if he’s getting up Colo and Willo’s noses.

  • USGeordie

    Nov 22, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Interesting how Newcastle so far is the only team I have heard about that has the FA look into matters after the game has played its course. No other team have I heard of them doing that. Yet challenges like the ones they are investigating are happening every week. What’s the deal?


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