Williamson Risks Four Game Ban By Pleading Innonence


The Football Association have confirmed today that Newcastle United center-back Mike Williamson has denied an FA  charge of violent conduct.

Mike Williamson – tussling with Wayne Rooney earlier this season

The FA last night charged Williamson with violent conduct, after he was seen to clash with the 6’4 Swede, Johan Elmander, and the Swede fell onto the ground and was seemingly unconscious.

The clash occurred in the first half during the Magpies’ 5-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, and a Regulatory Commission will now hear the charge tomorrow.

If the appeal is thought to be frivolous, then the FA could increase the 3 match ban to a 4 match ban, but we believe that Mike seriously thinks he is innocent, and has obviously persuaded Newcastle officials that it is worthwhile to appeal.

If Johan hadn’t reacted in such an utterly sensational manner, then nothing would have been made of this, but it seems players these days have to be good actors – and Johan seems particularly good at that.

Comments welcome.



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15 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 23, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #1

    I think this was a stupid move, the fact Elmander was a puff and immediately went down doesn’t help him at all. He’ll be faced with a 4 match ban which is good as Coloccini has a 3 match ban so that means Sol, STaylor or even Kadar can battle to partner Colo in the game of his return

    It doesn’t look hopeful for Williamson, the only time i remember a ban being overturned by the FA for a NUFC player was for Beye’s tackle on Robinho when he recieved a red and they got a penalty for not even touching him and getting the ball

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  • Ciaran Thomas

    Nov 23, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #2

    I can remember that Turk,Denying us all 3 points ! I can remember the lineman seeing the whole thing and letting the ref sending off Beye.

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  • alkinou

    Nov 23, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #3

    You should stop blaming Elmander, every player in the game would have had exactly the same reaction. Each time there’s a contact which the referee doesn’t see the player makes the most of it so that the incident is remembered. Elmander is a very good striker and just reacted badly (like Colo when he got his red).

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  • listie

    Nov 23, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Anyone got a link to the incedent, i’ve not seen it

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 23, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Maybe Mike is more tired than we thought and he feels he needs 4 weeks rest rather than 3.

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  • chuck

    Nov 23, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #6

    It appears most posters have definite opinions on what actually ac-cured, how they reach those opinions without having seen the video of the incident is the question ?
    We are all aware of the number of camera angles involved and once viewed by the FA, there should be an indisputable verdict.
    We will eventually know the decision.
    The question arises, in cases like this if in fact it turns out to be a case of deliberate acting on the part of the player claiming he was fouled, would there then be retroactive punishment for his role ?
    Seems the video tape should become an important part of deciding such matters, as it is in other professional sports.
    Though knowing the Luddite like attitude of EUFA &the FA , dont hold your breath waiting for it to happen.
    As they are more likely to screw up matters as they did when changing to the present off-side rule, ah well !

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  • CT

    Nov 23, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #7

    It`s the FA against US, it`s a done deal, 4 match ban for sure!

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  • mattnufc

    Nov 23, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Why would the FA bring it up if they didn’t think it was worth a suspension?
    4-game ban for sure.

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  • Charlietoon

    Nov 23, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #9

    It seems like it is exactly what happened to Will when he was chasing down a defender a few weeks ago. He got body checked by someone coming in from offside. Who was that???? It was not even called a foul let alone a red card so I hope that incident cold be taken in account as it obviously matters whta ref you have

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Nov 23, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #10

    The powers that be seem to be trying to get us relegated again by systematically suspending all of our first team players before the Christmas period. First Barton, no complaints there!

    Then Tiote, were all those yellow cards really deserved? Then Collo, direct red, no complaints there either!

    Now Willo, does anyone see the same pattern or sequence of events here. In our relegation year, some of the points lost were due to bad decisions by match officials, some due to injuries and some due to suspensions!

    It does appear that we are jinxed, we were doing so well a few short weeks ago and now it looks as if we are gonna have to field a reserve team over the festive season! Enjoy your turkey fellow Mags.

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  • Sav

    Nov 24, 2010 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #11

    Charlietoon, It was Bendtner – we were playing against Arsenal.

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  • Bao Zheng

    Nov 24, 2010 at 5:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Knowing and playing the ref is part of the game.

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  • cyprus

    Nov 24, 2010 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #13

    Elmander outplayed us. Simple. Hats off to him, no one has terrorised our defense more this year

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  • lesh

    Nov 24, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Surely the point here is whether Elmander over-reacted an went down as though he’d been hit with a ton of bricks?

    More and more players appear to be doing this and I can only presume they do it with a view to getting the ‘offending’ player sent off. If that is the case (and who can judge?) then surely the reaction deserves as much attention as the act that caused the supposedly collapse.

    What happened to the days when player took a knock and just got up a got on with it?

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  • Davies

    Nov 24, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #15

    Every team has to put up with bd refereeing, suspensions and injuries. There really is no conspiracy here. I didn’t see the off the ball incident with Willo and Elmander. The hooky feed I watched the match on didn’t make much of it and I couldn’t understand a word the commentators were saying. Whatever comes from this comes from this, let’s just be glad that we have two experienced EPL centrebacks waiting in the wings.

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