Waddle – Shocking – There Should Be A Three Game Ban For That


On the NBC Sports Network broadcast yesterday of Newcastle’s game at Hull City, former Newcastle winger Chris Waddle was one of the commentators, and the 54 year-old Felling-born analyst took exception to Ahmed Elmohamady’s cheating just before the break.

Ahmed Elmohamady cheating

Ahmed Elmohamady – punching the ball into the net with his fist

When it looked like Elmohamady had scored just before the half time whistle was blown, it seemed as though Hull had equalized, after Remy Cabella had put Newcastle ahead five minutes earlier with a beautiful goal.

And Elmohamady wheeled away to run to his head coach Steve Bruce on the touch-line in triumph – knowing all along he had just punched the ball into the goal.

But when they showed the TV replays it was clear he had punched the ball into the back of the net, and Newcastle players immediately  surrounded referee Phil Dowd pointing to their hands – saying it was a hand-ball.

After is was clear the Hull City player had simply cheated by handling the ball, this is what Chris Waddle said on the telecast:

“Oh that’s shocking that’s absolutely shocking – that’s a three game ban for me – you can’t do that.”  “Maradona can’t do it – sorry – that’s terrible.”

“That should be reviewed and there should be a three game ban for that.”

Steve Bruce after the game had said his player was not cheating:

“It’s a reaction, I’m not sure it’s cheating. He knows he can’t head it because it’s too high for him,” he said.

“But I have to say the officials, they got it right – which I was pleased about because even in the situation that we’re in, we don’t want to be seeing goals that are not worthy of being a goal.

“Fair play to the officials, the right decision was made.”

Steve would have a much better case for his player if he hadn’t wheeled away in triumph and ran to his coach on the sideline – and he was still arguing with the referee when he left the field at halftime.

Elmohamady received a yellow card for intentional hand-ball,  but we’d be very surprised if the FA do review it – but they should because cheating needs to be cut out in the game, and it’s the same with players who dive in the box, without even being touched by an opposing player.

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168 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Feb 1, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #1

    I believe I expressed it as it was yesterday – dirty cheating mackems. Dirty, dirty cheating mackems. Didn’t someone point out goofy’s goal went in off him? Oh, dear. 😀

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 1, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Cmon Ed get a wiggle on with your Alan shearer vs. Ruud Gullit article 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 1, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Not sure it was cheating to vertically extend an arm in a heading situation where the arms would normally be thrust down to give the jump more impetus? Fancy thinking through that statement again, Mr Outsize?

    Ed, you can probably add to Elmoshamady’s reaction that of him coming back on for second half smiling and laughing like someone who’s been caught trying a harmless prank. He should get a ban not for the handball so much as for his lying cheating protestations in the face of being caught red -or high – handed.

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  • optimistic prime

    Feb 1, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d agree it was blatant cheating and probably should be a red card.

    I still had a good laugh though especially how he celebrated and told the ref to watch the video, you have to admire his brass neck.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 1, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #5

    It is definitely hand to ball, no question. Not all is his arm moving towards the ball, he then extends his hand. Running around celebrating the goal is no way to prove your innocence either.

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  • optimistic prime

    Feb 1, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Tsunki

    There’s a few incidents where IMO if a players has been shown cheating ie trying to get someone sent off feigning injury that handball yesterday the Henry handball and a few other instances they should get a hefty ban.

    Fair enough people go down easy but when people grab their face or what ever when not being touched and are blatantly trying to cheat they should get hammered IMO

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  • Graeme

    Feb 1, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #7

    OP – is it “Brass Neck”? Or a complete lack of scruples??

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  • Santon03

    Feb 1, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #8

    It was a great game to watch and well deserved win for JC and the team.
    Btw Hello Anita, Goodbye Tiote!
    Anita was MOTM for me, he was different player than what I saw under pard, a player at his size against Hull midfield and dominate them is amazing to watch.
    Sissoko for me was not at his best, it could be that everyone on the pitch was playing well, before he was everything and he was the best.
    So happy for Cabella first goal, this is the way NUFC should play, good for 90 minutes unlike under pard good for 45 and unwatchable the other 45 somtimes the whole 90 minutes.
    Keep up the good work guys!

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  • optimistic prime

    Feb 1, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m actually surprised linesman spotted it.

    Usually that would stand and we’d get beat 2-1

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 1, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Op, when I was a lad ( some considerable time ago) I remember watching foreign players only in European cup or world cup games, and remember my dad being totally enraged by mostly south American players as they pioneered the art of footballing theatricality. Now it’s almost a begrudgingly accepted part of the game.

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  • optimistic prime

    Feb 1, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Graeme

    I honestly laughed, it was like a bairn with Choclate on their mouths claiming they hadn’t seen the Easter eggs.

    Scruples? You do remember he played for the unwashed, he thinks that’s a player from Greece 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 1, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #12

    The gulf between arsenal and villa is huge. Arsenal are jogging. I do actually hope villa go down so I can post a link to their ‘cheer up Alan shearer ‘ YouTube song on one of their blogs. Also so it will highlight to the nufc hierarchy the ongoing predicament they are placing this club in.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 1, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #13

    In the photo at the top of the page it looks to me that Krul cannot see the ball because of Coloccinis’ hair wafting in the wind.
    Carver needs to tell “ol permed hair” to get himself to the hairdressers and get a proper haircut.
    Beware of blokes who get their hair permed.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 1, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Mr T – whoever heard of anybody with a perm being any good? 😉

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  • cyprus

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Cheating is punished with a yellow card, not red, even if it ends in a goal. I was sure it was a genuine goal!

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  • cyprus

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #16

    When was the last time we won a PL game by a clear difference of 3? Anyone know?

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  • cyprus

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #17

    I know we lost by that margin often enough 🙂

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  • sing in the corner

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Tsunki

    Yeah football fans do have long memories especially when it comes to relegation gloating. I’ve been patiently waiting for their demise ever since that day! Time for a number 5 yet…not that I’m bitter or anything

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  • torresmex90

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Has nobody noticed Krul clobbering the hull player with his fist in that video? Lovely to watch lol

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Was it Cardiff last may? I thought stoke at first mind by my memory isn’t what it could be. And my memory’s not so good either

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Torresmex- I noticed that he bedded someone’s false teeth in at the time has ha. Another poster was quick to say he’d clobbered someone while everyone else was flaming Elmo’s handball.

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  • 9

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Tsunki@12
    “the ongoing predicament they are placing this club in” – priceless. NUFC is all about football. We are in the world’s most expensive league, which requires lots of money. Our owner has lots of money but is using his acumen to enable NUFC to stand on its own two feet financially – I’m sorry if you don’t approve of that, or if you cannot see the blatant common sense behind it. Take a look at the League Table of the world’s most expensive football league: there are four teams marooned in the middle with no hope whatsoever of a top-4 finish, and no danger whatsoever of relegation, and we’re one of them. In terms of finances, our stupendous support does a little to alleviate the lack of investment opportunities for an outfit in the North East of England, but still we are the 8th biggest hitter in the league. Well managed, we should therefore finish 8th or so every year. We are under-performing, certainly, and have done so for every year in the last half century bar the glorious KK years and a short spell by Uncle Sir Bobby, in neither of which cases were we faced by international muli-billionare owners, which we are now. We are under-performing, but only slightly (we have a 1-in-4 chance of finishing 9th). Not great, but absolutely nothing like your suggestion. Reality does not fit your verdict, nowhere near.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #23

    Just checked stoke was before Cardiff.

    Oh dear, Aston villa. 🙂

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Hull last season is the answer your looking for…4-1 we won

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Cyprus

    the last time we won by 3 goals was yesterday 🙂

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #26

    i tell you what, if Remi Garde is even a fraction of Wenger we should get him in. Arsenal play the best football I’ve ever watched.

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Ref Dowd missed a trick – having booked Elmo for the handball he should have given him a second yellow for ungentlemanly conduct and then sent him off and he would be banned. The pretending “look at me I’m trying to fool the ref ” is no different to diving – it’s a card everyday so why not yesterday ?
    Nothing to stop the FA separately charging Elmo for bringing the game into disrepute – after all they charge Mourino and many others for making their mouths go – so what’s different here ? Go on FA grow some.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #28

    The last time we scored 3 or more unanswered goals away from home was 22 July 2014 v Sydney FC ha ha ha

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #29

    4 – 0

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #30

    9 – priceless? As priceless as maybe your art of missing the point. Ashley will indeed be interested in sensibly maintaining financial stability and consolidation in the PL because it would be foolhardy not to. But if you are suggesting that he is benefiting us greatly as a sporting institution or even an entertainment institution then you are being naive. We are an advertising vehicle for the greater good of SD. And to say he is not maintaining our middling presence in the PL by pushing the limits of least expenditure and maximised profit to the point of flirting with relegation an arms length and a short run of bad results away is also naive. it’s evidenced by him failing to keep the equilibrium a few short years ago and doing exactly that. Thanks anyway for your enlightening take on the great deeds of our magnificent beneficiary, but I know, and many others know, what he’s actually up to. Profits first, results second, customers…. well the public wants what the public gets, eh?

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Jeff

    The question was “when was the last time we won by a clear 3 goal difference” not when was the last time we won by 3 or more without conceding 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Pl game jeffy – nice try ha ha. Ha ha.

    Did I say ha ha? I think I did. 🙂

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  • Sav

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #33

    At least Elmohamady timed his jump properly. Colo is still rooted to the spot.

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  • 9

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Hi, Tsunki @30: I see you maintain your position we are in danger of flirting with relegation. Why don’t you take a more careful look at the league table, which doesn’t lie: it says we’re not very good, but there is a heap of teams much worse than us, most of which can’t get relegated, as only 3 go down? Fact.

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  • lesh

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #35

    cyprus

    If handling to prevent a goal’s a red, then surely handing to score is equally a red?

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #36

    9

    Are you vindicating what this regime is doing at the club? You talk about the financial aspect of the club but have you even bothered to look at the debt which has actually increased by double since MA took over. We are not safe from relegation and if we play like yesterday against anyone other team in the league we will lose.

    I don’t understand how anyone can back MA especially a toon fan!!

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  • optimistic prime

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #37

    Tsunki

    Your right it is just they way it is.
    Most players will go down very easy but then there’s player who really go to the next level, Suarez Young etc have made diving into a art form.

    It did used to be a foreign thing but we’ve been doing it for years also, the young lad at Everton a month or so ago was ridiculous. Until someone gets a ban after the fact it’ll continue and players will find other ways to con a ref.

    Maybe a blood capsule 😉

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  • bobby mango

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #38

    “It’s a reaction, I’m not sure it’s cheating. He knows he can’t head it because it’s too high for him,” he said.

    Hahaha! Surely Bruce said it himself – he knows he can’t head it. So how can he not be cheating? Especially given the way he celebrated.

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  • lesh

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #39

    C’mon all you guys talking Carver up following a win over lowly Hull, get a grip – it’s just what Ashley wants to hear.

    Appointing JC would confirm Ashley’s lack of ambition!

    Don’t you think we need to see signs of a radical change in the Club’s direction? Don’t we need a fresh approach to running the Club? An approach that aims for success on the field – not aiming at 10th plus, but top six at least and cups?

    A new, forward thinking and intelligent Head Coach’d be a start!

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #40

    OP

    Sterling fell to the floor yesterday as if he’d been shot mate, no one said anything. Steven Gerrard likes a good dive as well at times. I think the imports have mastered the skill and our lot are still learning it but.

    One thing I have noticed creeping into the game is players screaming as if someone has just taken an axe to there legs when they get tackled or fouled….listen out for it, defo the new thing coming in….the louder they scream the more likely they get the opponent booked or sent off

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