Following the overturning of his red card against Sunderland, Fabricio Coloccini has made an official statement via the club website.

The Newcastle Captain says that ‘justice’ has been done but it still doesn’t change the impact that the referee’s decision had on the match.

Coloccini says he has had ‘plenty of red cards’ in the past but he knew this one was wrong.

In actual fact, I could see only one sending off in five years during his time in La Liga, whilst for Newcastle he has had three previous ones:

2/11/10 Bolton 5 Newcastle 1

4/11/12 Liverpool 1 Newcastle 1

15/3/15 Everton 3 Newcastle 0

Fabricio Coloccini Official Statement:

“It is justice. It is not a surprise to me that the red card was overturned because it was a wrong decision.

“I am happy because I am able to play against Stoke, but it does not change what happened on Sunday.

“The red card affected the game and the result, which was very painful for everyone in the Club and the city.

“We lost the game, we lost three points and we lost the derby. We cannot get that back, and that is why I cannot be too happy about winning the appeal – it does not change these things.

“As soon as the referee gave the red card, I knew it was wrong. I spoke with the referee but he had made his decision.

“I was very angry on the pitch. I am normally 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 on the pitch.”