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Pardew – Ref Messes Up What Could Be Shola Ameobi Swansong

8 years ago

Alan Pardew feels that Referee Phil Dowd changed the course of the game with his decisions on free-kicks that led to the two goals.

The Newcastle manager also claiming that the ref could have ruined what is potentially Shola’s last match;

Alan Pardew

“You can’t help but think the ref played a big part in this.

“I don’t think the first goal was a foul and Steven Gerrard was hitting deadballs in which was a real problem for us – he’s (Agger) done amazing to score that.

“They get another foul which is debateable and we find ourselves two one down.

“Shola argues the case and he books him then calls him back and says. ‘You carry on and I’ll send you off.’

“Shola then says, ‘You are going to send me off?’ sarcastically…and he did.

“I just find that wrong.

“So a guy who could be playing his last game for us is sent off and the game is then a bit of a struggle for us.

“I have to say I’m disappointed with the ref.”


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