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.