Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ref Wrong to Show Red Card but Coloccini Must Share Blame

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ref Wrong to Show Red Card but Coloccini Must Share Blame

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Byline: Robert LEE

NEWCASTLE United were extremely unlucky to lose against Sunderland, particularly 3-0, but I think Fabricio Coloccini has to take his share of the blame for the defeat alongside the referee.

I personally thought it was definitely a penalty but not a red card, and for that reason both Coloccini and Bobby Madley are to blame as far as I am concerned.

A lot of people after the game were saying that it was just a 'nudge' from Coloccini on Steven Fletcher, but the more I watch it the more I think it was a shove that knocked the Sunderland forward off the ball.

You could argue that Rob Elliot was going to collect the ball, which possibly he was, but Coloccini still allowed Fletcher to get in front and then pushed him to the ground when the Scottish striker looked like he was going to get a shot away.

Publicly Steve McClaren was seething with the referee, and understandably so in some respects because I don't think it's a red card, but privately he will also surely be disappointed at his captain.

Coloccini probably thought he could get away with a shove, but he should have known better than that and he ended up putting his team into a position from which they just could not recover.

He showed utter carelessness - it was a stupid challenge. He more than just eased Fletcher off the ball, he shoved him down on to the ground.

I think a sending-off was harsh, and McClaren rightly remonstrated with Madley about that, but Coloccini gave the referee a decision to make, which he shouldn't have done. He put himself and his team in a precarious position and that is extremely frustrating, particularly considering the fact he is the club captain and an experienced player.

Newcastle are going to appeal the red card but I don't think they will be successful - and that means Coloccini is going to miss a crucial match with Stoke City this weekend. …

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