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Newcastle to appeal Coloccini red card

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Newcastle centre-back Fabricio Coloccini was controversially dismissed in the Magpies 3-0 derby defeat against Sunderland
Newcastle centre-back Fabricio Coloccini was controversially dismissed in the Magpies 3-0 derby defeat against Sunderland

Newcastle are set to appeal against Fabricio Coloccini’s red card during the Magpies 3-0 north east derby on Sunday at the Stadium of Light.

The Argentinian barged into Black Cats striker Steven Fletcher to concede a penalty kick.

The decision was a debatable one, but referee Robert Madley then took it step further by showing the Newcastle skipper a straight red card, much to the annoyance of the player and boss Steve McClaren.

Former-England winger Adam Johnson then dispatched the spot-kick for the opening goal of the game.

The incident turned the game in the home side’s favour, after the Magpies had enjoyed the better of the first half of the game.

Even Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has come out and said that he believes the laws of the game should be changed, and that a penalty kick should be enough punishment for such a foul.

The victory was Allardyce’s first as Black Cats boss and moved Sunderland off the bottom of the table and above Newcastle. The Magpies are now 19th place in the Premier League.

Newcastle will no doubt hope that Coloccini’s dismissal is overturned, as the Magpies look to turn the team’s fortunes round in the near future.

Was Coloccini’s red card a harsh one?

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