As Steve McClaren said immediately after the game yesterday at Sunderland Newcastle have now reported they have formerly lodged an appeal with the FA against captain Fabricio Coloccini’s red card.
Coloccini was sent off just before half-time after the referee Robert Madley adjudged Colo to have fouled Steven Fletcher in the box and he was then sent off.
Fab Coloccini being sent off
The foul was questionable, but the sending off was even more questionable because if has to be an obvious goal scoring opportunity and it wasn’t clear that the fouled Steven Fletcher would have reached the ball before goalkeeper Rob Elliot – who came out fast.
So because of that it couldn’t have been an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.
In fact, he wouldn’t have when you look at the TV replays and even experienced referee Graham Poll has questioned the sending off.
Poll thought it was a penalty, but it should have only been a yellow card.
Of course this doesn’t much help Newcastle – if the referee looked at a quick TV replay (like viewers were doing) he would have seen it should have been a yellow card – and maybe not even a penalty.
This is the Newcastle United statement:
“Newcastle United have lodged an appeal with the Football Association for the wrongful dismissal of Fabricio Coloccini during Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.“
“Coloccini was given a straight red card by referee Robert Madley in first half injury time following an incident involving Steven Fletcher, which resulted in the awarding of a penalty kick.“
“The appeal will be heard by a Regulatory Commission on Tuesday afternoon and the club will be notified of the result shortly afterwards.“
“Should the dismissal stand, United’s captain will miss Saturday’s Premier League fixture with Stoke City at St. James’ Park.”
This kind of sending off is only a one game suspension and is an example of what’s called “triple punishment.”
The player already has given away a penalty and is sent off in the game and it was felt that three games out was too much punishment – given he has already had two strikes against him – so to speak.
In fact the rule may be changed even further and the penalty and the sending off could be all the punishment given in the future and no one game suspension will be given.
The sending off certainly turned the game but with 11 men Newcastle would have still been in with a chance against a very poor Sunderland side who we completely dominated in that first half.
As Sam Allardyce said after the game – we were given a gift and we took it.
We think Newcastle have an excellent chance to get this overturned – especially since it essentially lost us the game yesterday.