SUNDERLAND have thrown a protective wall of silence around bad boys Andrea Dossena and Lee Cattermole.
The two Black Cats were sent off at the weekend as Sunderland slumped to a 1-0 defeat to potential relegation rivals Hull City.
Cattermole was dismissed for a reckless lunge on former Sunderland team-mate Ahmed Elmohamady, while Dossena was sent off for an atrocious stamp down the shin of another ex-Black Cat, David Meyler.
Both incidents have been the subject of heated media debate over the weekend with Cattermole the focus of an examination of how and why the 25-year-old has managed to pick up eight red cards in his career, while with Dossena the debate was about the cynical nature of the foul on Meyler which was dubbed “cowardly” by several media commentators.
And Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet says he does not want to add further fuel to the fires by adding his own comments.
He told the Echo: “We’ll not be saying anything about the situation regarding Andrea or Lee. It will be dealt with internally and we will leave it at that.
“The reason why we don’t want to comment is that we have seen in football over the last few days how much of a talking point things can become.
“You look at the situation with Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, who played on after being knocked out, and the reaction has been incredible in terms of media coverage.
“Everybody has had something to say about it. Everybody! People who weren’t there, people who can’t judge.
“But everyone is talking and in our case we don’t want to have something similar happening.”
Poyet, who would not comment on whether his players had been fined – although it is almost unthinkable to imagine they were not – added: “We will keep it within the four walls of the club and we move on.”
He did reveal though that the club would not be appealing to overturn Lee Cattermole’s red card, despite the head coach’s comments at the weekend that in his view the foul was not a red, and if it was deemed a red then the rules needed looking at.
He said: “You don’t appeal unless you think you will succeed and in this case looking at the incident in conjunction with the referee’s report, we do not think we would.
“My point – which was that Robbie Brady’s foul on Adam Johnson in the same game was worse than Lee’s but went unpunished – that point, still stands.
“Robbie had both feet off the ground, Lee only one – yet Lee gets a red and Robbie only a yellow.
“If one is a red, than so is the other, but unfortunately that is not the basis for an appeal.”