Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Stand by Sent-Off Skipper; Pardew Defends 'My Captain' Magpies Stand by Sent-Off Skipper

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Stand by Sent-Off Skipper; Pardew Defends 'My Captain' Magpies Stand by Sent-Off Skipper

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Byline: Mark Douglas Chief sports writer at Anfield

Liverpool 1 Newcastle United 1 ALAN Pardew launched a staunch defence of Newcastle United skipper Fabricio Coloccini after a damaging day that saw three new players added to his list of absentees.

Coloccini was shown a straight red card for an ugly, studs-up challenge on Luis Suarez that was branded a "coward's challenge" by watching Wales boss Chris Coleman, who was sat in the pundit's chair for Sky TV.

With United unlikely to appeal the red card it means Coloccini will miss three games - a sizeable blow given that James Perch faces a month on the sidelines and muscle strain victim Yohan Cabaye is also a doubt for next weekend's home game against West Ham.

It was not what Pardew needed, although he did not condemn Coloccini's rash challenge because he felt that it did not carry any intent.

Interestingly, it was a view that was backed up by former Magpie Michael Owen, who took to Twitter to say that it was "never" a red card.

That was the Newcastle manager's original thought and he had marched onto the pitch at full-time to ask referee Anthony Taylor why the player had been dismissed.

But, on a second viewing, he conceded that there was probably no way to mount a cogent case for the red card to be repealed. He said: "I didn't see it at the time, so I was really unsure. I knew it was my captain, and I know he's got no intent in him.

"I went to see the referee at the end because I wanted to ask him what it was for, I really didn't know. He said it was dangerous intent, but I wanted the clarification before the referee came off the pitch.

"Looking at it on the video, it doesn't look too good, but from another angle he's putting his foot down to stop himself.

"Knowing Colo as I do, and I spoke to him, I don't think there's any malicious intent there, although we might have to accept it. I'll discuss (an appeal) further with the secretary and everyone else at the football club. "I told the referee that, having seen the incident, I can see why he sent him off, I have no problem with that. …

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