Well would you believe it – after Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said they wouldn’t appeal Loic Remy’s red card at Norwich, because referee Chris Foy had little choice but to send both Loic Remy and Norwich’s Bradley Johnson off after their flagrant confrontation late in that game – news today that Newcastle are to appeal the red card after all.
Loic Remy – Bradley Johnson confrontation on Tuesday
That follows yesterday’s news that Norwich would be appealing Johnson’s red card – but those Alan Pardew comments will seriously affect any chance Newcastle will have of getting the red card overturned.
Here’s what Alan said after the game about the incident:
“There was a bit of pushing and shoving,” “The players have come together, and there is probably just enough for the referee to send them off.”
“But Johnson’s reaction to the heads meeting, in terms that he got a head-butt when he did not, was the catalyst for them both to get sent off.”
“It was his own fault, and if he had not done that, maybe the referee would have taken a more lenient view, but he made such a drama out of it. He should be ashamed of himself really.”
“We won’t appeal because I think there was enough for Chris Foy there. Once Johnson had done that stupid reaction and the crowd went mad, referee Foy had no choice really.”
Those comments will hardly help Newcastle win their appeal – but we suppose in retrospect Newcastle thought it was at least worth a try. – Loic Remy will be a huge loss over the next three games.
The news has just gone up on the Newcastle United web-site and this is what it says:
Newcastle United can confirm that the Club has lodged an appeal with the Football Association for the wrongful dismissal of Loic Remy during Tuesday’s Barclay’s Premier League fixture with Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Remy was sent off in the 82nd minute after having a confrontation with Bradley Johnson, when they both pushed each other, and it all went downhill from there – and the Norwich man was also sent off.
We think there’s little chance of having the red card overturned – but we hope we’re wrong on that.
However, there’s a danger the FA may think the appeal is frivolous, and in that case Loic could get a four match ban. 🙁
What do you think?
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