Newcastle To Decide Whether To Appeal Williamson Charge

After the FA brought charges of violent conduct against Mike Williamson last night, there were meetings held by the club to decide whether they should appeal the charge.

Mike Williamson – in action against Fulham

The news this morning is that Mike Williamson himself thinks he has been harshly treated by the FA,. and presumably wants to appeal the charge.

Our view is that Johan Elmander completely over-reacted to the collision with Mike, and if indeed he was unconscious, as it seemed, he should never have been allowed to continue in the game – but he did and scored two goals in the second half.

It was such a great piece of acting that we wouldn’t be surprised if he’s up for the leading role in the Vikings – if that’s ever remade – and he could play the Tony Curtis (Eric) role to perfection – and he doesn’t even have a Brooklyn accent.

But seriously, it’s still not known whether the Newcastle club will go along with the appeal,  because the FA seem to have all the rules on their side, (well they make them after all), and would prefer it seems, that the player quickly accept the charge and get a three match man.

If the player appeals and the appeal is thought to be frivolous, then Mike could even get a four match ban.   How’s that for intimidating you to accept the charge?

A case in point is Sunderland’s Michael Turner, who appealed his dismissal against Manchester City last season, and then had his ban increased to four games, as his appeal was deemed frivolous.

Speed over justice seems to be what the FA want – but after all it is the English FA.

We should find out this morning if Newcastle are to appeal the ban, but we’d be surprised if they do.

8 comments so far

  • darrowb1

    Nov 23, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #1

    There is no point in appealing as it should have been a red card but what the FA needs to look at is bendter doing it to williamson in the carling cup and taking no action. There is no difference in either of these incidents and if williamson gets banned bendter should

  • jesus was a geordie

    Nov 23, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #2


    If they had acted on the incident involving Bendtner then they have to address the goal, this would be messy and involve work, so of course they wouldn’t do that!

  • expatgeordie

    Nov 23, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #3

    He needs a rest as he’s looked very shaky the last few games. Steve Taylor & Campbell will make a much more solid defensive partnership

  • Thump

    Nov 23, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #4

    The FA truly are farcical. I still don’t get how Webb played on yet the powers that be have taken action – are these rules made up as they go along?

  • G

    Nov 23, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Expat @ 3 has a point, and I reckon the enforced rest will do Collo & Willo good, as I still see them as my first choice centre half pairing.

  • spiderpig

    Nov 23, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #6

    cant see tayls and campbell giving up the shirts now they have a chance.

  • Mikey25

    Nov 23, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Think Campbell will bring an old head to the youngsters in Simpson, Bull and Tayls and get them playing well! Got a funny feeling this is going to be a cracking defence which Collo/Williamson will struggle to get back in!

    Just think it stinks how harshly the FA and the media treat Newcastle. Ive seen countless number of of the ball incidents which the ref didnt see including Gerrard on several occassions..wonder when his ban is coming in!!!!! All corrupt

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 23, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Willos situation is very murky to me. I caught the edge of it and the same with the replay. Maybe there were other camera angles we did not see. But this collision mirrors several others involving Williamson.
    To me, and I don’t have the rule book, what Willo did was possibly impede a players move towards goal. In most sports you are entitled to your space but cannot use it to block a player with a clear and imminent shot at goal. Elmander was no where near a shot on goal, unlike Huth undercutting Carroll. So Willo used his body and occupied the pitch in a legal manner. Now if Willo through and elbow, or stepped on Elmander’s foot in passing, he has earned a card or ban.
    One would hope NUFC are given all the evidence the FA has so they can determine how to respond. If not, it is time to put arm harnesses on the lads as well as taping mouths shut and wearing dark sunglasses so as not to incur the wrath of the FA by action, word or glare.


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