Newcastle plead mitigation after admitting Sunderland derby FA charge

Newcastle protest to referee Bobby Madley after Coloccini's red card
Newcastle protest to referee Bobby Madley after Coloccini's red card
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Newcastle have accepted a Football Association charge of failing to control their players during Sunday’s eventful derby defeat at Sunderland.

However, the Magpies have asked for their case to be re-assessed after submitting mitigation over the incident, which surrounded captain Fabricio Coloccini’s dismissal by referee Robert Madley in first-half injury time after he had a penalty awarded against him.

Fabricio Coloccini remonstrates with the fourth official as he leaves the field of play following his red card

Fabricio Coloccini remonstrates with the fourth official as he leaves the field of play following his red card

A club statement said: “Newcastle United have admitted a charge of failing to control their players in last weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby defeat at Sunderland.”

“The charge relates to the players’ reaction to the match official’s decision, which saw Sunderland awarded a penalty and captain Fabricio Coloccini issued with a red card, which has since been rescinded.

“The club has admitted the charge, but has submitted an application for it to be re-assessed due to mitigating circumstances.”

Coloccini was sent off for a challenge which came seconds after Madley had opted not to award his team a penalty against Lee Cattermole at the other end as the first half of the game at the Stadium of Light drew to a close.

The club has admitted the charge, but has submitted an application for it to be re-assessed due to mitigating circumstances.

He barged striker Steven Fletcher to the ground as the pair chased a Jermain Defoe through-ball and the official pointed straight to the spot.

The defender and several of his team-mates surrounded Madley to argue his case, but Coloccini’s misery was compounded when the referee produced a red card.

Adam Johnson converted the resulting spot-kick and a game the Magpies had dominated turned on its head, with the Black Cats eventually running out 3-0 winners.

Coloccini appealed against the dismissal and was successful, although head coach Steve McClaren admitted on Friday that simply added to his misery.

He said: “It makes it even worse because we felt at the time – I will still debate the penalty – that it definitely wasn’t a goalscoring opportunity. The ball was in (Newcastle goalkeeper) Rob Elliot’s hands.

“It spoilt the game, really – obviously not for Sunderland, but it really spoilt it for us in terms of being a football match.”