Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Another X-Rated Tackle Dismissed - Are United Getting Rough Treatment? THE AGENDA: Referee Woes Leave Fans Seeing Red as Cabaye Latest Opponent to Avoid Sending Off

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Another X-Rated Tackle Dismissed - Are United Getting Rough Treatment? THE AGENDA: Referee Woes Leave Fans Seeing Red as Cabaye Latest Opponent to Avoid Sending Off

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Byline: Chris Waugh Sports writer @CHRISDMWAUGH

IF Stuart Attwell's failure to send off Yohan Cabaye on Saturday infuriated Newcastle United supporters, then the following statistic will leave them positively incensed.

It is now 100 Premier League games - and a staggering 1,364 days - since an opposition player was dismissed against the Magpies.

Not since Bradley Johnson was given his marching orders in the 82nd minute on January 28, 2014 - along with Newcastle's Loic Remy, it must be noted - after an off-the-ball incident during United's stalemate with Norwich City at Carrow Road has an opponent seen red against the Magpies in any competitive fixture.

It is also now 105 top-flight games - and 1,397 days - since Newcastle had a numerical advantage due to an opposition player being sent off.

On December 26, 2013, Stoke City's Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson were both shown red cards before half-time, but since then the Magpies have not benefitted from having an extra man in any top-flight match.

This means Newcastle went throughout the entire 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons without an opposition player being shown a red card. During that time, 15 Newcastle players have been dismissed in Premier League matches. Mike Williamson, Moussa Sissoko, Fabricio Coloccini and Aleksandar Mitrovic have all been dismissed twice apiece in the top flight since January 2014.

These statistics remain as baffling as they are worrying.

This season alone, as well as Cabaye's awful tackle on DeAndre Yedlin at the weekend, Magpies fans will point to Tomer Hemed's stamp on the American - for which the Israeli later got a three-match ban.

But even before that, Huddersfield man Elias Kachunga caught Chancel Mbemba with a high foot, fellow Terrier Steve Mounie trod on Isaac Hayden, and Spurs striker Harry Kane took out Florian Lejeune. …

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