Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot has expressed his astonishment over Fabricio Coloccini’s red card which helped Sunderland win the Wear-Tyne derby.
The centre-half was dismissed in first-half added time for a challenge on Steven Fletcher as the Sunderland forward tried to latch on to a through ball.
Coloccini went shoulder to shoulder with Fletcher, with the striker sent sprawling as the pass ran through to Elliott, who had left his goal-line to smother the ball. Referee Robert Madley dismissed Coloccini and awarded the hosts a penalty that was dispatched by Adam Johnson.
Elliott told of his belief over the decision after the game, which Sunderland went on to win 3-0 thanks to further goals from Billy Jones and Fletcher.
The keeper said: “The ball got played through. I was sort of waiting for the ball to get past Colo and Fletcher. It went straight through to me. I jumped on it and Fletcher’s gone over.
“The ref’s decided to give a foul, I couldn’t believe it really.”
“In my understanding it has to be a clear goalscoring opportunity. I didn’t think it was at all.
“For a decision like that to lead to a sending off and a goal, it doesn’t seem fair.”
Newcastle have confirmed they appeal against the red card which left Coloccini seething.
Steve McClaren said: “I have never seen him so angry.
“He knows as well – and you do know whether you are in control of a challenge or not in control – and I have never seen him so angry.”