One of our best players this season has been Vurnon Anita at right back, but Vurnon received a straight red card on Saturday just three minutes before the end of the 2-0 home defeat to Wolves on Saturday to make matters that little bit worse.
We seemed to have shot ourselves in the foot – as we did last season nearly all the time.
Vurnon Anita receives red card after 87 minutes
But as Vurnon solemnly walked off the pitch, Rafa gave him some words of encouragement before he went to the changing room and the manager said after the game that he didn’t even think it was a foul, never mind a red card.
Here’s what Rafa said about the incident after the game:
“It was not even a foul.” “It was a surprise.”
“I don’t know if we can appeal it because I think everybody can see. Hopefully we won’t lose him for three games.”
“We will see.”
It looked like the challenge was a bit rash and it was studs up, so if Newcastle do appeal against the red card we don’t think the red card will be overturned.
We suppose there’s a chance if the appeal is frivolous that the ban could even be extended to four games.
Rafa seems to protest the red card as Anita walks off
That’s to stop clubs automatically appealing every single red-card in the hopes of getting them overturned.
We’d be surprised if Newcastle do issue an appeal, but we should find out today.
Rafa Benitez has his press conference coming up later today for tomorrow’s night’s EFL 3rd round cup tie against Wolves so he may mention it then.