Alan Pardew said immediately after the game that Newcastle would not appeal the red card received by captain Fabricio Coloccini in the 84th minute, but today he seems to be backtracking on that statement just a little.
The foul tackle made by Colo on Luis Suarez
Referee Anthony Taylor told the Newcastle manager it was the intent of the challenge that got Colo his red card, and although Colo hardly touched the Uruguayan, we don’t think an appeal will have much chance of success, and there’s always the chance the FA will make it four games suspension if they think the appeal is frivolous.
This is what Alan said today about the red card:
“I didn’t see it at the time, so I was really unsure. I knew it was my captain, and I know he’s got no intent in him.” “I went to see the referee at the end because I wanted to ask him what it was for, I really didn’t know. He said it was dangerous intent, but I wanted the clarification before the referee came off the pitch.”
“Looking at it on the video, it doesn’t look too good, but from another angle he’s putting his foot down to stop himself.” “Knowing Colo as I do, and I spoke to him, I don’t think there’s any malicious intent there, although we might have to accept it.”
“I’ll discuss an appeal further with the secretary and everyone else at the football club.” “I told the referee that, having seen the incident, I can see why he sent him off, I have no problem with that. But it’s a blow for us to lose our captain.”
“Part of me knows there was no intent with Colo, but looking at the video, I don’t really think we’ve got anywhere to go. So my gut feeling is we won’t appeal, but I want to discuss it some more.” “I know Coloccini is a real top guy. I didn’t want to make a big issue about the referee because I think the morale of referees must be very low.”
“I had no problem with his performance, it was a tough game to manage. But because it was my captain, I wanted to know why he sent him off.”
Alan Pardew handled himself very well at the end of the game as he walked over to the referee with John Carver in pursuit, and once he heard the reason given for the sending off, he thought for a couple of seconds and then walked away.
We don’t think Newcastle will appeal the red card, after they discuss it further today.
And in retrospect, after watching the game a couple of times yesterday, Newcastle did well against a Liverpool side who really turned up yesterday, with Suarez outstanding for the Reds.
Here’s the red card incident – you decide if it was a red card offense.
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