John Carver claims Newcastle defender Mike Williamson was sent off 'on purpose' during Leicester defeat

Carver made the accusation in a post-match interview

Mark Critchley
Saturday 02 May 2015 18:03 BST
Newcastle boss John Carver
Newcastle boss John Carver (Getty Images)

Newcastle United boss John Carver has sensationally claimed that Mike Williamson deliberately got himself sent off in their 3-0 defeat to Leicester City today.

Speaking to the BBC in a post-match interview, Carver said he believed his defender's red card was no accident.

"I spoke to Mike Williamson at half-time and I said a few choice words to him," he said. "When [the sending off] actually happened I thought to myself he's done that on purpose."

Carver offers instructions to Darryl Janmaat, who was also sent off in the 3-0 defeat to Leicester
Carver offers instructions to Darryl Janmaat, who was also sent off in the 3-0 defeat to Leicester (Getty Images)

Williamson, who has not yet publicly responded to the accusation, was awarded his second booking after a strong challenge which sent Leicester's Jamie Vardy crashing into a nearby television camera

"The player was off the pitch, there was no need to make the tackle," said Carver.

"He's now got a two match ban, we only have three games left. I don't know, is it an easy way out?"

Carver had no complaints over referee Mike Dean's decision.

He also criticised his defender Daryl Janmaat, who picked up the Magpies' second red card of the day in the closing moments, committing another late tackle on Vardy.

"I got Tim Krul to speak to him during the game because I know what he's like and it was stupid. There was no need for it."

Newcastle fell behind in the first minute to Leonardo Ulloa's header. Wes Morgan added a second before Ulloa converted a penalty after the break.

Carver was damning of his side's overall performance.

"On a scale of 1 to 10, it's probably a minus 10. I can't accept it. I just wish some people had as much fight and determination as I have."

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