As expected the FA turned down Fabricio Coloccini’s appeal of his sending off on Sunday at Everton, and he has been given a three match suspension – and we’re just lucky the FA didn’t think it was frivolous and add another game on.
Fabricio Coloccini – out for three games
So Colo misses the games against Arsenal, Sunderland and Liverpool, and we could have used him in all of those three games.
With Papiss Cisse having two suspensions this year – a three game ban for elbowing Seamus Coleman in the home game against Everton in late December, followed by his seven game ban for spitting at Jonny Evans a couple of weeks ago, Papiss will have 10 matches out through suspension this year.
And when you consider he also went to the African Cup of Nations in early January, then he hasn’t been available much for Newcastle this year, and he will be available only for the final three games – when we hope we have at least 40 points.
And Jack Colback got a two match ban for picking up 10 yellow cards, so that’s 15 matches that Newcastle have picked up in suspensions this year.
That’s in addition to the injuries we have picked up this year to Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong and Paul Dummett, and they are all out for the season.
So we only assume that Colback, Cisse and Coloccini will receive club fines, and that John Carver will get a grip on the players and instill some discipline in them.
We were told the players were right behind John this year – but maybe John is making it all too easy for them.
He needs to get a grip on things, and we are still not technically safe on 35 points.
We still remember last season when we lost seven of the last eight games and we know anything is possible at Newcastle – good or bad.
It’s been nearly all bad this year.
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