It looks like there will be no appeal from Newcastle for the red card Fabricio Coloccini received after 84 minutes today for a foul on Luis Suarez.
Fabricio Coloccini being shown the red card this afternoon
On the TV replays there was only minimum contact by Coloccini on Suarez, but of course Suarez jumped in the air and then writhed in terrible pain on the ground, as referee Anthony Taylor showed Colo the red card.
And then to no surprise to anybody watching Suarez was on his feet and again and running around like nothing had happened – and in truth that’s the very worst part of Suarez’ game, although he played very well today.
At the final whistle Alan Pardew and John Carver approached the referee about the sending off, but then when Taylor told Alan why he had sent Coloccini off, Alan seemed satisfied and walked away.
This is what the Newcastle manager said after the game:
“I thought Taylor maybe got caught up in the emotion and I wanted to ask him before he’d had a chance to see replays.” “He said he thought it was serious foul play. The morale of referees must be really low at the moment, because of constant criticism and the issues around them.”
“We accept his decision and I thought he had a good day.” “I don’t think there was any intent but we accept it.” “I felt we lacked concentration at 1-0. We were looking comfortable and I fancied we might have got a second.”
“The goal changed the proceedings of the second half. Suarez is a great player and kept causing us problems. If we could have wrapped him up, we could have won.”
With no appeal against the red card, we’ll see Coloccini join Cheick Tiote in the starting line-up at Club Brugge on Thursday night, and we’re lucky Mike Williamson’s is in-form at the moment and will partner Steven Taylor next Sunday against West Ham at St. James’ Park.
And Demba Ba had to leave the game four minutes into the second half with that shin injury of his, and we have to hope he’ll be okay for next Sunday.
It was a tough game today, and we half expected we could win the game after going ahead just minutes before halftime with a great goal by Yohan Cabaye, set up by Hatem Ben Arfa.
But Suarez scored a good equalizer and in the end it was good point for us – now to hammer West Ham next Sunday afternoon.
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