Newcastle keeper amazed at Coloccini red card

Date published: Monday 26th October 2015 11:01 - Ian Watson

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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.”

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