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Coloccini Set To Miss Start Of Season

8 years ago

As we await our first signing of this long (currently) hot summer, it looks like on top of a dearth of new signings, arguably Newcastle’s most important figure on the pitch could be missing.

Alan Pardew wasn’t impressed by the referee last night and now it seems certain that his captain will be banned from our opener at Manchester City unless we get very very lucky and the sending off isn’t reported to the Premier League.

Coloccini was sent off for wrapping his hands around the neck of the annoying Pacos striker, Caetano.

Colo’s reaction to the forward’s behaviour meant both got their marching orders in what was at times a bad tempered match.

Debuchy was the victim of a dodgy ‘tackle’, while Gouffran suffered the same fate and had to limp off in the closing minutes.

The manager commenting;

“We’re disappointed with the referee, he lost control of the game and when you let tackles go you are asking for trouble.

It frustrates players and in the end we had a scene which has cost us our captain.”

***Thanks to those who have pointed me towards the following which appeared on the FA website on Thursday 18th July

The FA has announced new regulations relating to dismissals and suspensions in pre-season friendly matches.

Any player dismissed during a friendly match, will b eautomaticall suspended from future friendly matches and not competitive fixtures, as decided by The Football Association or relevant County Association.

Red or Yellow cards do not count for the accumulation of offences and will not affect competitive fixtures.

Where sanctions are imposed in respect of cautions on participants with their agreement (EG As part of tournament rules), any such sanction may only apply to friendly matches.

They do not apply to first team competitive matches or any other competitive fixture.

It should be noted however, that charges of misconduct pursuant to Rule E3 of the Rules of The Football Association may be brought against a player in relation to any incident arising in a friendly match.

A regulatory commission or County Disciplinary Commission considering a charge under Rule E3 shall have regard to any punishment imposed and shall be free to impose a suspension which may affect competitive fixtures at its discretion.

So looking at this Rule E3 it appears to cover such things as racial abuse, or aggressive verbals towards other players or referee.


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