Wolves' Ruben Neves slammed for 'rolling around' as Newcastle United's Sean Longstaff faces three-game ban for straight red

Steve Bruce has slammed Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves for ‘play acting’ that saw Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff red-carded.

Monday, 28th October 2019, 5:00 am
Updated Monday, 28th October 2019, 6:00 am
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Sean Longstaff of Newcastle United reacts after being shown the red card for a tackle during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St. James Park on October 27, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Longstaff’s challenge in the 82nd minute on Portugal international Neves was punished by referee Kevin Friend with a straight red, which will now see him miss the next three games.

Bruce thinks it was a harsh decision on the 22-year-old – although the manager does not think the club will appeal the call.

After the 1-1 draw at St James’s Park, Bruce said: “I think it is harsh. The behaviour of Neves, when they are rolling around - you know they are not hurt. If you are hurt you stay motionless.

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“He (Longstaff) is not in control of his foot, but how can he be when he has just won the ball."

Asked whether the club will appeal the decision, Bruce said: “I can’t see us (doing that). I will have a look at it tomorrow.”