Newcastle United have released an official statememt following the Fabricio Coloccini red card against Sunderland.

In the final seconds of the first half, Coloccini was judged by the referee to have illegally brought down Steven Fletcher.

Robert Madley then shocked and surprised fans by producing a red card as well as awarding a penalty.

In Monday morning’s official statement, the club say that they have lodged an appeal with the FA for wrongful dismissal during the match.

The appeal will be heard on Tuesday afternoon with a decision expected to be announced shortly afterwards.

Coloccini will miss the home match against Stoke next Saturday if the red card is not overturned.

Official Newcastle United statement


Newcastle United have lodged an appeal with the Football Association for the wrongful dismissal of Fabricio Coloccini during Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Coloccini was given a straight red card by referee Robert Madley in first half injury time following an incident involving Steven Fletcher, which resulted in the awarding of a penalty kick.

The appeal will be heard by a Regulatory Commission tomorrow afternoon and the club will be notified of the result shortly afterwards.

Should the dismissal stand, United’s captain will miss Saturday’s Barclays Premier League fixture with Stoke City at St. James’ Park.