Newcastle United have admitted failing to control their players.

The FA charged the club following the match at Sunderland, after the reaction of players to the penalty and sending off of Fabricio Coloccini.

Having admitted the charge, Newcastle have ‘submitted an application’ to try and have the charge reduced due to ‘mitigating circumstances’.

Presumably the ‘mitigating’ bit refers to having a useless referee who was shown to have wrongly sent off Coloccini…

Official Newcastle United Statement

‘Newcastle United have admitted a charge of failing to control their players in last weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby defeat at Sunderland.

The charge relates to the players’ reaction to the match official’s decision, which saw Sunderland awarded a penalty and captain Fabricio Coloccini issued with a red card, which has since been rescinded.

The Club has admitted the charge but has submitted an application for it to be reassessed due to mitigating circumstances.’