Newcastle United fans have come under attack from Ian Wright, the former Arsenal striker, for their actions in the 1-0 defeat against Arsenal last Saturday.
That was after our own striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, was sent off after only 16 minutes by referee Andre Marriner, which handed Arsenal the win – almost on a plate.
Ian Wright – now a pundit
Wright has written this in The Sun:
“I was at the Newcastle v Arsenal match at the weekend, in the middle of the Toon fans, and was disgusted by the abuse they hurled at Andre Marriner,”
“It wasn’t just a small group — it was thousands of them acting in unison — and I found it unfair and deeply offensive.”
“Ref Marriner got the decision to send off Aleksandar Mitrovic absolutely spot on. He went in over the top on Francis Coquelin with his studs showing and it was an automatic red card.”
“I don’t like to see bullying in any form, and that is what the Toon fans were doing,” “It’s not on, and when it gets this bad the football authorities have to look at it and take action.”
That’s a little bit over the top (so to speak), and just a little bit high and mighty coming from Wright.
We wonder what he would have said if it was a similar foul by an Arsenal player that had Arsenal reduced to 10 men after 16 minutes?
Getting sent off so early in any game spoils the match completely, and there are simply too many yellow cards and too many red cards being given out by referees these days.
We were worried in case another Newcastle player was sent off in the first half for receiving two yellow cards, Marriner was flashing that yellow card around like there was not tomorrow.
The referee’s decisions are starting to be the biggest plays in the game, with four reds being given out over the PL games last weekend – and that cannot be good.
Marriner started the game by booking Moussa Sissoko after only two minutes for what was an innocuous challenge, and it didn’t even look like a foul.
The referee also gave out six yellow cards to Newcastle players during the game – in addition to sending off Mitrovic.
And those are really strong words coming from Wright and unjustified – what does he expect Newcastle fans to do – applaud the referee.