Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini has thanked Sunderland officials for how they treated him following the “injustice” of his red card.
The Magpies defender was dismissed late in the first-half of the Wear-Tyne derby following a challenge on Steven Fletcher. The hosts scored the resulting penalty and went on to triumph 3-0 before Coloccini’s red card was rescinded upon appeal this week.
Coloccini admits he was “very angry” but the Toon captain used his programme notes for Saturday’s home clash with Stoke to thank Sunderland officials for the provisions they made for him during the second half.
He wrote: “I had to watch the second half from inside the dressing room area, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people who work at Sunderland, because they treated me very well – giving me a room to watch the game, with food and drink.
“Derby games are very passionate and they did not have to do that for me, but they were good people and I thank them for that.”
Coloccini remains angry over Robert Madley opting to brandish the red card despite the decision having been since overturned.
He said: “It is not a surprise to me that the red card was overturned because it was a wrong decision.
“As soon as the referee gave the red card, I knew it was wrong. I spoke with him but he had made his decision.
“I was very angry on the pitch. I am a quiet man but it was a very big injustice in a big game.
“During my career I have had plenty of red cards, and am the first man to put my hands up if I have done wrong. But straight away I knew this red card was not the right decision, and that is why I was very angry as I left the pitch.”