Aleksandar Mitrovic elbowed Manuel Lanzini late in the game, and it looked like it was a deliberate foul from the Serbian striker.
And it seems that Match of the Day went on about it so much last night that Mitro will now be given a retroactive three match ban – just as Jonjo Shelvey has missed the third game of his suspension for picking up a red card against Tottenham.
We are shot enough of strikers and creative midfielders players for these two to keep being a liability for Newcastle.
Certainly, Rafa will only put up with the discipline for so long, and his career has shown he doesn’t like players who can lose you the game at any moment by lacking self-control on the pitch.
Aleksandar Mitrovic after scoring Newcastle’s third goal
Referee Neil Swarbrick appeared to miss the foul, and in those cases, the new rule is that Mitrovic could be punished retrospectively with a three-match ban – just what we didn’t need.
This is what pundit Phil Neville said on Match of the Day:
“He’s in big trouble. “It’s a red card. It’s nasty, violent, and I can’t understand it. At 2-0 up, Newcastle were cruising in the game.”
“That’s a deliberate act, similar to Marko Arnautovic last week at Southampton.”
“No need to do it. It’s dangerous play, and not needed on the football pitch.”
We don’t understand why Mitro does these things either and he missed the first three games of last season for the red card he received in the second half in our final Premier League game at home to Spurs which we won 5-1.
So tomorrow we expect Mitro will have a charge to answer and there’s not much the club can do to help him because of the clear video evidence against Mitrovic.
Just what we didn’t need after a terrific first win for the team yesterday and an excellent display – especially in the second half.