Great to see that Robert Madley has been given prompt and appropriate punishment for ruining the Sunderland v Newcastle match.

The FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission said in their statement after hearing Coloccini’s appeal, that the referee had ‘made an obvious error in dismissing the Newcastle United defender’.

So what would you guess has been his punishment for getting something so badly wrong and clearly altering the course of such a high profile and important match to the two clubs?

That’s right, this weekend he has been handed the prestige job of refereeing league leaders Manchester City, who play Norwich City at the Etihad.

As we all know, it is one rule for one and another for the likes of Newcastle.

If clubs such as Manchester United or Chelsea had experienced what Newcastle did on Sunday, you would never hear the last of it and they’d whip up their friendly media to pile the pressure on both the authorities and Robert Madley.

Official FA Statement

‘Fabricio Coloccini will not serve a one-match suspension after his wrongful dismissal claim was successful.

An Independent Regulatory Commission found that the match referee had made an obvious error in dismissing the Newcastle United defender for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity during the game against Sunderland on Sunday 25 October 2015.

Newcastle United have been charged for failing to control their players in relation to their reaction to the match referee’s decision.

The club have until 6pm on 30 October 2015 to respond to the charge.’