Well I’ve just got back from being away for a while and it’s something that just seemed impossible.
Newcastle have appealed successfully against the red cards given out to both Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett following that terrible refereeing performance and a 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest last Friday night at the City Ground.
Now what about the 3 points we definitely lost because those two players were wrongly dismissed?
It’s just incredible the FA have agreed with Newcastle and specifically with Rafa Benitez that both players were wrongly dismissed by inept referee Stephen Martin.
Stephen Martin – completely inept performance last Friday night
Just a bad day at the office?
This is what Newcastle put out on their web-site:
“Both Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett have had their suspensions withdrawn with immediate effect after their wrongful dismissal claims were successful following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.A statement was put out by Newcastle on their web-site:
“Both Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett have had their suspensions withdrawn with immediate effect after their wrongful dismissal claims were successful following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.
“The Newcastle United pair were dismissed for violent conduct and denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity respectively during the game against Nottingham Forest on 2nd December 2016.”
This just shows the very poor officiating we have in games in the second division and that cost us a valuable win – where’s the recompense for that?
Now we wonder what happens to referee Stephen Martin – does he just go on and referee as though nothing has happened?
Yes, probably – the FA have always been reluctant to confront the difficult problems they come up against.
But this is good news for Newcastle, but it’s simply damning for the refereeing and officiating in the Championship.