Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was sent of after 41 minutes on Saturday, after giving away a penalty, and Newcastle having been in the ascendancy and one goal ahead were suddenly in deep trouble, and it was only an outstanding and courageous second half display that avoided a defeat.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa fouling Luis Suarez on Saturday
And there’s been some confusion as to how many games Mapou will be suspended for, and it will be only one game, because the sending off was not for violent conduct or the like.
But why was he sent off in the first place.
That was because he was the last outfield defender, and a foul in that situation warrants a red card with the current rules in place. But the penalty award is bad enough, and what’s the logic in making the offense also a red card?
Maybe the powers that be want this kind of thing removed from the game – but surely it’s a big enough penalty for the opposition to be awarded a spot kick - and when this event happens during a game it usually ruins the game as a competitive affair.
There were rumbles over the last couple of years that the law would be changed, and the player committing the foul would simply be given a yellow card for the offense.
The sooner this rule is changed the sooner we will not have another game spoiled by a sending off – which are far too frequent these days.
In the old days before there were technological wonders like sliced bread (forget the Internet and iPhones), sending offs were extremely rare and you had to do something really really bad to get a red card.
It’s to Newcastle’s credit that the second half on Saturday was still competitive, and we noticed that some Liverpool blogs after the game not only gave Newcastle credit for their gutsy performance, but also called this harsh law into question.
What do you think?