Newcastle United and Sunderland have been fined £40K and £20K respectively.
Here’s the full statement issued by the FA on their web-site this morning:
“Newcastle United and Sunderland have been fined £40,000 and £20,000 respectively after both clubs admitted a charge of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behavior.”
“The incident, which also saw both teams being warned as to their future conduct, occurred in the 19th minute of their game on 4 March 2012 and followed a challenge by Sunderland’s James McClean on Newcastle’s Danny Simpson.”
“As this is Newcastle United’s second misconduct charge of a similar nature in the same season, the standard punishment fine has been doubled in line with current regulations.”
We hope in future Newcastle - Sunderland games that the players and coaches behave themselves a little better - and the fans were great – there were no problems between the two supporter groups.
The incident for which the two north-east clubs were fined occurred in the 19th minute of the derby game on 4th March this year, and it was an altercation between Sunderland’s James McClean and Newcastle’s Danny Simpson.
That had followed a ridiculous tackle by Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole in the very first minute on Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, and to us – Lee remains one of the most dangerous players playing in the Premier League today.
Cattermole was red-carded at the end of that game, for swearing at the referee, and was rightly banned for four games.
We’ve always thought that Cattermole doesn’t have the maturity yet to be captain, and he lost his head in the second half when Newcastle hammered Sunderland 5-1 last season at St. James’ Park and had to be taken off by then manager Steve Bruce, for his own protection.
I knew there was a way I could get that one in.
And speaking of the FA, they cannot be accused of running their business as a smooth running operation.
Just look at the England manager – yes – there isn’t one – and that’s my point.
Which other country in the European Championships in June doesn’t have a manager? And who is watching the England players to see who’s in form and who aren’t.
That’s so that an England squad can be selected – it certainly cannot be Harry Redknapp, the favorite for the job, because he’s too busy managing Tottenham Hotspur.
But you never know with England – maybe because we have had no preparation – we’ll go on to win the thing.