The Premier League is becoming so important because of the money that’s involved for the clubs that the referees will come under increasing pressure when they make mistakes in the game – some of them fairly obvious as Robert Madley’s was today when he now only adjudged Fabricio Coloccini of a foul on Steven Fletcher but sent him off when it wasn’t an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.
It’s only going to get worse – unfortunately.
We expect the red card to be repealed once it’s appealed by Newcastle.
Steve McClaren during sending off of Colo
After the game even Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce after the game said it was good fortune for Sunderland and he didn’t think it was a foul on Steven Fletcher.
This is what a fuming McClaren said after the game:
“I don’t think frustrated is the word. Angry, disappointed and two decisions [including the dismissal of an earlier Newcastle penalty claim] have cost a game in which we were totally dominant. I mean it’s simple – the referee’s wrong in my opinion.”
“Referees are part and parcel of the game. You can control your performance but you can’t control the referee. They can affect the result and they have done today, definitely the referee.”
“I’ve seen lots of challenges like that in the game inside and outside the box in every game. You know it’s a double whammy, the penalty and sending off. And that made it very difficult.”
McClaren was then asked if he though Madley was naive:
“Good question that,” “We made sure before the game we didn’t talk about the referee, but for me he got two decisions wrong and we talked about it before – we need an experienced referee for this. I think in both incidents he was too quick to make the decision.”
This is what Sam Allardyce said about the incident after the game:
“We’ve taken full advantage of a piece of good fortune. I did think it was a foul personally. If he hadn’t made contact I think Steven Fletcher would have scored. It is a bit harsh sending him off. But that’s the rules.”
It happened and it’s another 3 points lost and the sixth defeat on the trot to Sunderland – the result couldn’t have been much worse from a side who had only scored 8 goals in their first 9 league games.
Newcastle will need to start winning games soon or else we’ll still be in the relegation zone come January.