Former top referee and head of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), Keith Hackett, has given his verdict on Newcastle United’s red cards on Friday.

Steve Martin turned the match at the City Ground into a farce with a series of dubious decisions affecting Newcastle at both ends of the pitch.

The disallowed Ciaran Clark goal and the non-award of a clear penalty in favour of the Newcastle defender only affect that Forest match – but the red cards obviously go beyond that.

On Monday morning we revealed that The FA had put a three game ban against Jonjo Shelvey and a one match one for Paul Dummett – but are either/both of them worth appealing?

Keith Hackett agrees with the Newcastle point of view that it was bad refereeing on the red card decisions BUT counsels against appealing.

To have any chance of success in these two cases, he says that a ‘clear and obvious error’ would have to be shown, which despite the ‘bad refereeing’ he doesn’t believe can be shown in the Dummett and Shelvey incidents.

With seemingly no chance of overturning either case, Keith Hackett warns that if an appeal is made, there is the chance of an increased suspension if The FA think it amounts to a ‘frivolous appeal’ by Newcastle on behalf of either player.

Keith Hackett talking to The Journal:

“I don’t see how Newcastle can appeal (successfully). The only way that these two decisions can be overturned if there is a clear and obvious error and, although it was bad refereeing, I can’t see them going with that.

“It depends on who makes up the panel and the mix of people on it but I think they’d go with the referee on both occasions on the basis that it’s not a clear and obvious error. But they’re both poor decisions.

“Do the FA then deem it a frivolous appeal? If they do that, they could get an additional suspension.”

As things currently stand, Paul Dummett would miss Birmingham at home next Saturday, with Jonjo Shelvey missing that game and the away trops to Wigan & Burton.