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Remy Loses Appeal – Johnson Cleared – Where’s The Logic?

5:50 pm, Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 34 Comments

It’s not clear to us in the confrontation between Remy and Johnson on Tuesday night when both players were sent off –  and both appealed – exactly why the FA have rescinded the three match ban on Johnson – yet Loic Remy’s three match ban stands. :(

There’s the FA for you – probably one of the most illogical organizations in existence – but what’s new?

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Loic Remy and Bradley Johnson – one gets 3 match ban – one cleared ??

This is what the FA statement released this afternoon:

“An Independent Regulatory Commission heard two claims of wrongful dismissal today both in relation to the Norwich City versus Newcastle United game on Tuesday 28 January 2014.”

“The claim involving Norwich’s Bradley Johnson was upheld meaning his three-match suspension is withdrawn. The claim involving Newcastle’s Loic Remy was dismissed therefore his three-match suspension remains with immediate effect.”

“Both players had been dismissed for violent conduct.”

The only explanation we can come up with is that maybe if Alan Pardew hadn’t made those comments after the game, the FA could have let both players off.

But it was always going to be almost impossible to get Remy off, after the Newcastle  manager basically said referee Chris Foy had little choice but to send the players off,  and then added that Newcastle would not be appealing Remy’s red card.

With that statement from the Newcastle manager how could the FA then rescind Remy’s red card – which they do only in a very small number of cases – when the manager basically agrees with the decision.

And we’re not blaming Alan – what he said was probably correct.

But it defies logic how the FA could have found Johnson essentially innocent, while keeping the three match ban on Remy - it would have been more logical and sensible to have turned down both appeals.

Or if they let Johnson off they should have reduced Remy’s ban to only one or two games – to balance things out a bit.

But that’s the FA for you – they’ve never been too logical about the decisions they make – at the best of times.

Remy’s absence is now going to cost us some points, because we’re not sure where the goals are coming from.

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34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Take off your black and white specs and look at who the main aggressor was…

    I think it was pretty much handbags which many refs would have let slide, but I can understand why they were sent off and I can understand this.

    Not good for Newcastle of course…but not bad for my Fantasy Football team as I just transferred out Remy before the appeal was held!

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Jan 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Did you get that last message Lambykins? About Alan needing a firm hand on his tiller I mean? We’re serious Dekka. Please reconsider. Please come back and make that Mr. Puss Face go away. He’s giving me bad dreams Lambsta.

  • 3 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    The logic of the FA is truly baffling

  • 4 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 30, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Its pretty shocking as it was Johnsons tackle that started and he was kicking our players the whole game and then dived like a tart at the slightest bit of contact

    Remy should not have reacted mind you feel he is full of emotions , being tired , Cabaye left and the whole rape case looks like they are playing on his mind maybe a wee spell out might do him some good

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Jan 30, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    It’s a disgrace, both of them put heads together, neither butted or pushed harder than the other, both were leaning in….the only difference was Johnson ‘dived’ to make it looked like there was push off remy when there wasn’t.

    Was fair enough to send them both off, but why only over turn Johnson….garbage by the FA.

  • 6 mag // Jan 30, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Blame dippy Pardew he said on tv Remy deserved to be sent off and he wouldn’t be appealing the red card.

  • 7 ToonMauritius // Jan 30, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Hi lads,

    We could go for this player, he is a bit like Zidane,
    Is he really that good or it is the Youtube effects

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 30, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Remy is getting the 3 match ban he deserves! For Johnson walking free you will have to address your FA.

    …we are lucky we didn’t get fourth by appealing

  • 9 GeordieTwo // Jan 30, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    No really Dekka. This is getting serious now. Two transfer windows. No permanent signings. No movement on dead wood. No Toon joy. Mr. Puss Face is spoiling everything.

  • 10 Transfer Sage // Jan 30, 2014 at 5:59 PM


    agree remy deserved red, just can’t fathom them over turning johnsons… the FA can’t do a single thing right

  • 11 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 30, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Excellent piece of news for everyone who has Johnson in his fantasy league team

  • 12 theartfuldodger // Jan 30, 2014 at 5:59 PM


    The feelings gonna get worse trow with all the spotings and batmobile rumours.

  • 13 Transfer Sage // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    with decision making like this i’m glad the future of English football is not in the FA’s hands….oh wait!!!

  • 14 theartfuldodger // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Remy started the pushing. Thats the only reason I can think of.
    Pretty childish reasoning and actions too.

  • 15 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    You get a yellow card for showing and imaginary yellow card trying to get players booked,you get a red rescinded when you roll round the floor in imaginary agony trying to get someone sent off.

  • 16 GeordieTwo // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    You were right and I was wrong Dekka. I’ll say it now. You were clever compared with Mr. Puss Face. You were shrewd. You made permanent signings! This is your chance. Come back in and save us. There’s still time. :)

  • 17 Ben3arfa // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    So apart from an unfit LDJ signing for us and that bullcrap report about ashley snactioning 4 signings , how has this last month not been depressing?


  • 18 Harley // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Step forward luuk de Jong. Time to make yourself a hero.

  • 19 Transfer Sage // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    just spotted this, anyone think grenier could be coming over tonight?

  • 20 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    No it’s not pardews fault, Remy’s red card was fully justified the decision to over turn Johnson’s is a joke

  • 21 p // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    For me, they were both guilty of pushing etc. Yellow would have been sensible but letter of law, red for both as they both raised their hands.

    That said I think it is a disgrace that Johnson clearly pretended that he had been headbutted to get Remy sent off.

    To me that is the worse offence. Losing your rag and pushing is forgivable, purposely cheating is not.

  • 22 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    If you watch it again you could be forgiven for thinking that Remy was trying to kiss him with the amount of force and forward movement,if girls acted the way johnson did to that motion nobody would get pregnant.

  • 23 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    So with GFN claiming both Haidara and Marveaux have been offered to ligue 1 clubs this window could see 4 players out and one loan signing
    He’s a canny DOF is this Joe Kinnear fella

  • 24 Ibizatoon // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Desperate days when we’re begging for Dekka back!

    Heck, there may even be a case for bringing back Dennis Wise…maybe not though :)

    As it stands this season (summer and this winter window), how many players have we released / sold / not renewed contracts and then how many are on loan and finally, remind me how many players we’ve signed?

    Clearing deadwood can only really be seen as progress if they’re replaced / upgraded….surely?!?

  • 25 Harley // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Just read that our offer for grenier was 8 million and they’re holding out for 12 million.

    Anyone else think that 23 for cabaye and 12 for grenier is a pretty good deal?

  • 26 mag // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    @20 Pardew dammed Remy instead of keeping his yap shut like Hughton the guy gets in front of the cameras and his yap runs away with him.

  • 27 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    This is bullsh1t,i can’t even laugh at the mackams signings yet,at least they can complete permanent deals.

  • 28 Harley // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Mind you, that’s if it’s true.

  • 29 check the toastie // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    On transfers, has any team around us signed anybody decent yet? Apart from Man Utd of course(hardly direct competitors).

    Lets face it we are only going to buy who we think will improve the team and slot straight in, Is Grenier all that or are people just wanting him like spoilt kids.

    We could be still bringing in the likes of Babayaro, Geremi, Alan Smith etc…but no we now try and get decent young talent and clearly this is tough. Cabella is supposed to be coming in summer and for me if Pardew picks the right team and squad we should have no bother competing at the top of the league.

    Is Grenier better than Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Remy, if not 12 or 13 million is a lot of money for a bench warmer. Miserable Al already looks like he is ready to spew excuses after the Mackems turn us over, I hope not.

    Ince would struggle to get on our bench for me if everyone is fully fit.

    Krul, debuchy, Willo, Saylor, Santon, Tiote, Anita, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Luke De Jong, Remy,

    Subs – Elliot, Mbiwa, Collo, Haidara, dummett, Sammi, Goofy, Cisse, Marveaux,

    We have plenty and no new signings shouldn’t be a reason for Pardew to start making excuses as per normal.

    Our squad is infinitely stronger than the Mackems, and another defeat is unforgivable

    Fingers crossed the Fat Man and JFK come good. Surely we will get somebody with Cabayes money.

    It could be worse you could support AC Milan, they have sunk so low they are signing Adel Tarabbt. Wow.

  • 30 theartfuldodger // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    This is perhaps the worst window.
    We were in a good position in the league and we have been massively set back.
    Ashleys lack of ambition is just so clear now (Some people might giv him the summer)

    But the summer could be a lot worse. Need a cabaye replacement plus 2 strikers plus collo replacement just to come back to where we were at beginning of this year.

    Oh and lastly..bring back Leon Best :-P

  • 31 GeordieTwo // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Oh, Lamby boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
    From glen to glen and down the mountain side
    The summer’s gone and all the roses falling
    It’s you, it’s you, must come and save our sorry hide
    Beautiful. Come back Lambsta.

  • 32 beermonkey // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    @23 I read that earlier none to happy about haidara he has shown some promise and we have not got a lot invested in him and his wages aint a lot either

    marveax would not be to unhappy if he was unloaded if his wages are what I have read he is to dear to warm our bench

    all this Kinnear should sign him and them the first thing he said he would do was get rid of our dead wood all he has done there is loan out Jonas,

  • 33 GeordieTwo // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Sigh. I miss the Lambsta Ibiza mate. But I have to go be manly now and buy more home reno stuff. If we don’t bring someone in tomorrow I’ll be back jingin me jango though mates. :(

  • 34 Sazzer // Jan 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    He’s good player but I don’t think we can win a transfer battle if he became available for price we can afford.

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