JOHN Carver has accused Mike Williamson of deliberately getting sent off in Newcastle United’s 3-0 defeat to Leicester City.
The club’s relegation worries increased after this afternoon’s after an eighth successive Premier League defeat at the King Power Stadium.
Williamson and his defensive colleague Daryl Janmaat were dismissed, both for two bookable offences.
The pair will be suspended for the May 9 home game against West Bromwich Albion.
Williamson, dismissed early in this season, will also be banned for the club’s game against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on May 9.
After the game, head coach Carver made the astonishing claim that long-serving Williamson had intentionally taken down Jamie Vardy as he crossed the touchline so he would be shown a second yellow card.
Carver said: “I thought he meant it. I was standing in technical area, and ball went on to that side.
“My first reaction, five yards before, was ‘don’t do it’.”
Carver was also furious at his team’s defending for Leicester’s first two goals, both scored from set-pieces.
“I can’t give players desire to get a broken nose or a cut eye heading something away,” he said.
“If you’re not prepared to get on the end of it, then we’ve got a problem. That’s why I was animated (at half-time). We’re a soft touch.”