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Two Charged In St. James’ Park Christmas Pantomine

10:02 pm, Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo has been charged with violent conduct by the FA, in the Newcastle vs Southampton match on Saturday, and that takes some doing since Osvaldo had been replaced at half time and was on the bench before  the confrontation late in the game began.

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The panto at St. James’ Park – two charged

The confrontation occurred when Newcastle’s players and coaches reacted to a terrible Morgan Schneiderlin tackle on Massadio Haidara, who had been brought on in the second half in place of Davide Santon.

Newcastle’s goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman has also been charged – with improper conduct – following the melee, and this is the statement issued by the FA earlier tonight:

“Newcastle United coach Andy Woodman and Southampton player Dani Osvaldo have both been charged by the FA following an incident in the recent fixture between the two clubs.”

“Osvaldo has been charged with violent conduct in relation to the incident in the 94th minute of the game at St James’ Park on Saturday, December 14.”

“Meanwhile, Woodman, who was sent to the stands following the incident, has been charged with improper conduct. Neither club will face charges.”

“Both parties have until December 23 to respond to the charges.”

The incident was referred to as a panto (pantomone) by Newcastle manager after the game, as Alan Pardew had this to say:

“It was a bit of panto season. I’m not going to get carried away with that because it shouldn’t take the headlines.”

“The battle is on the pitch and that was a terrific battle. The one on the sideline was pretty pathetic, what I saw of it, and best forgotten.”

“I had my back to it most of the time. I just said to their manager, ‘Just get your staff in, I’ll get my staff in and let’s get on with it because we want to win the game’, and he was of the same opinion as me.”

It seems the two managers were the only sensible ones in all of this – the melee happened in stoppage time – and both teams were still going for the win – to their credit.

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // Dec 18, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    The most impressive feat over fisticuffs still has to be Sissoko getting away with lamping the ref. Especially when it’s in the opposite direction of the balance reflex. Well done mate.

  • 2 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 18, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    To be honest I kind of loved how there was a touchline brawl nothing wrong with a bit of passion from both benches during a game !! Scheiderlins challenge on Haidara was shocking though and Southampton were dirty fouling the whole game so I dont know what their bench had to moan about the referee let them away with murder for most of the game

  • 3 yo-yo // Dec 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Whitley Warriors and Durham Wasps used to go at it big time.
    Of course Sunderland were lower level opposition even then in the NE heyday of hockey in the 90s

  • 4 JackButler // Dec 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Anyone who takes on Andy Woodman should be charged with stupidity as well…………………not a man to mess with

  • 5 jimmysmith // Dec 18, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    “Handbags at half mast”. You can’t say that! It’s rude.

  • 6 Shadow_Shearer // Dec 18, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Poor Haidara, always seems 2 be on da receiving end of a really bad tackle every time da to toons get into a brawl.

  • 7 manxpie // Dec 18, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    wonder wat osvaldo did then to be charged with violent conduct?
    must’ve been a punch thrown or summit? which will result in a 3 game ban at least!
    should help us out tho so all good!
    funny how carver is raging in the wrong direction!

  • 8 jimmysmith // Dec 18, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    I have a cunning plan. Spend like the clappers in January, because Spurs and Man U are absolute shit, and we may never have a better chance of top 4 than right now.

    Call me old fashioned, but I deeply miss the reckless and wild marquee signing sprees of Fat Fred, we need a big dunc and gin fizz type in, as a matter of urgency.

    Feel free to act immediately Mike, and no thanks required.

  • 9 manxpie // Dec 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    wow the stadium of shite was packed last night!
    very funny that most of there supporters missed that win very funny indeed!!

  • 10 GloucesterGeordie // Dec 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Completely off topic any help would be appreciated… I want to buy an England home top from italia 1990 and having no luck anybody know where I could purchase one??

  • 11 manxpie // Dec 19, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    not being funny gloucester but try google lots and lots of options comes up

  • 12 toonincheek // Dec 19, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    Gloucester -

    You can even get the shirt you want
    signed by Peter Beardsley.
    Or even both Beardsley and Gazza.

    The Beardsley one is £120
    Both Beardsley and Gazza – £60.
    Work that one out ! !

    Check eBay.

  • 13 toonincheek // Dec 19, 2013 at 4:09 AM

    Gloucester -

    Signed by Gary Lineker is only £50.
    So there is some logic in the prices ! !

  • 14 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 19, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    Anyone know of a bookies offering odds on Sunderland/West Ham to win a cup and go down? Will that be the third season in a row that a club has done that, or was there a gap between Brum and Wigan? Thinking about it, Villa had McCleish for a year after, so there must have been a gap.

    Still 2 in 3, with potential for 3 in 4. I doubt this happens in many places but here!

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 19, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Mind you, just seen the draw… over 1 game, City and United are beatable if you play to your best, over 2 legs it is far harder.

  • 16 Santon03 // Dec 19, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Regarding Belfodil, I’ve seen all Inter’s game. Everytime he came on as a sub, Inter’s attack became less threatening. Probably he tried to do too much on his own to show Mazzari what his skills but ended up making too many mistakes.
    I don’t know what he can really do if he started regularly, he might be good. Based on what I’ve seen with Inter, he is not an upgrade to what we have. He is quite strong and has good pace.

  • 17 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 19, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    On the young lad, I saw somewhere a couple of days ago he wanted a loan, not a permanent transfer. For me, if we are loaning someone in, they either have to be superbly talented and have the skills to fit straight in, or be experienced in the Prem. We can’t be looking at players that may not settle for the 6 months they are here. It leaves us no better off.

    Obviously, signing someone permanently means there is no guarantee that they will settle immediately, but at least they can settle for next season.

  • 18 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 19, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    As a number of people have been saying Mitroglou does look like the best of a bad bunch that we have been linked with. I still am a bit wary given the lack of quality in the Greek league with Olympiakos being the only creditable side since the economy went south there.

  • 19 Marty-Toon // Dec 19, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Trevor Morley was on the match of the day program in Norway at the weekend and he talked about the tackle.
    He said this wasn’t the first time that Schneiderlin did this type of tackle-a leg breaker.
    He showed another clip from last season with the same intensity.
    Ok,he doesn’t go in two footed but two legged,one of them studs first and goes through the player.

  • 20 martoon // Dec 19, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Poor Haidara seems to be the new Olivier Bernard – he was always gettig flattened as well.




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