Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

An Official Reason for Catts' Absence; Absence of Catts Explained by Boss

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

An Official Reason for Catts' Absence; Absence of Catts Explained by Boss

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Byline: MARK DOUGLAS

GUS Poyet admitted Lee Cattermole was left out of Sunderland's heavy defeat at Arsenal partly because Andre Marriner was officiating the game and he feared the midfielder might be sent off by him again, writes MARK DOUGLAS.

An angry Poyet warned his team he was ready to rip up his teamsheet for Sunday's Capital One Cup final after seeing them deliver an insipid display to lose 4-1 to Arsenal.

He said the only guaranteed starter would be Cattermole, who was left out of the squad altogether for the Emirates trip.

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That was to preserve him for the Wembley date, Poyet hinting Marriner's presence as referee was a factor in his thinking.

Marriner has sent Cattermole off twice, most recently at Hull in November in an incident Poyet said at the time he did not think merited a red card. Sunderland have history with Marriner - the referee having come under fierce criticism from manager Steve Bruce in 2009 for a poor decision to send off Michael Turner.

As well as showing a red to Cattermole, he sent off Andrea Dossena - deservedly - at Hull and David Vaughan at White Hart Lane on the last day of last season. He said: "Unfortunately for me, it was the only decision I could control. "I don't want to say something to get me fined but for me the referee was one who normally send's Lee Cattermole off. "Add the fact we were away to Arsenal. I am sure if we were to go two or three goals down Lee is not the sort of player to have in the middle. "I made a mistake in the press conference - if there is one player starting next week it is Lee Cattermole. The rest at the moment are substitutes.

"I say sorry to the players who started on the bench on Saturday. "You want me to play, but give me a chance. Don't just throw me out there against Arsenal. …

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