Newcastle appeal Fabricio Coloccini dismissal in derby loss to Sunderland

Steve McClaren criticised referee Robert Madley after the incident, which did his team few favours in their unsuccessful attempt to avoid a sixth successive derby defeat to their rivals

Independent Sports Staff
Monday 26 October 2015 21:19
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Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini  is shown the red card before half-time for barging Steven Fletcher
Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini is shown the red card before half-time for barging Steven Fletcher

Newcastle have appealed against Fabricio Coloccini’s red card in Sunday’s derby defeat at Sunderland.

The Magpies captain was dismissed just before half-time after barging into Steven Fletcher as the Sunderland striker looked to get on the end of a Jermain Defoe through-ball, an incident which led to Adam Johnson opening the scoring from the penalty spot in a 3-0 win for the Wearsiders.

A Regulatory Commission will hear the appeal on Tuesday afternoon.

Steve McClaren criticised referee Robert Madley after the incident, which did his team few favours in their unsuccessful attempt to avoid a sixth successive derby defeat to their fierce rivals.

Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat described the decision as “crazy”.

“We were by far the better team in the first half, and then we get a red card like this – it was unbelievable,” said the Dutch full-back.

“I don’t like to blame referees, but that was not a penalty. I think everybody saw it and a red card is crazy.

“It kills the game. I don’t like excuses, but I think we had 70 per cent possession in the first half and were far better than them. In the second half, we lost the game with 10 men.”

The Magpies slipped to 19th in the table on goal difference as Sunderland leapfrogged them, with both clubs having collected just six points from their opening 10 games.

Fletcher, who also scored Sunderland’s third goal, admitted his side were in dire need of the three points after a dreadful start to the season.

“We needed the result, but it’s obviously even better when it comes against your rivals,” he said.

“Newcastle put us on the back foot in the first 30 minutes, but when we got the penalty, the game changed.

“We knew the second half was going to be a lot easier with them down to 10, and we managed to capitalise on it.”

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