Newcastle’s Janmaat slams referee for ‘crazy’ red card

Published 10/26/2015, 5:19 AM EDT
Football – Sunderland v Newcastle United – Barclays Premier League – Stadium of Light – 25/10/15 Newcastle’s Fabricio Coloccini is sent off by referee Robert Madley Reuters / Andrew Yates


REUTERS – Newcastle United’s Darryl Janmaat lashed out at referee Robert Madley after their 3-0 Premier League defeat by Sunderland on Sunday, calling the official’s decision to send off Fabricio Coloccini “unbelievable” and “crazy”.

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Sunderland chalked up their first win of the season at the expense of their local rivals after Madley awarded a penalty just before halftime and showed Coloccini a red card for denying Steven Fletcher a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Adam Johnson stepped up to drive the ball low into the corner to send Sunderland on their way, before Billy Jones and Fletcher completed the rout in the second half.

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Newcastle manager Steve McClaren said after the game that the penalty award was “absolutely ridiculous” and Dutch defender Janmaat backed his boss to the hilt.

“I think we were by far the better team in the first half, and then we get a red card like this. It was unbelievable,” the 26-year-old said, quoted by the Chronicle.

“I don’t like to blame referees, but that was not a penalty. I think everybody saw it — and a red card is crazy in my opinion. It kills the game.

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“I don’t like excuses, but I think we had 70 percent possession in the first half and were far better than them.

“In the second half, we lost the game with 10 men.

“It is disappointing because in the first half we played well.”

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The defeat left Newcastle second from bottom with six points from their first 10 games, a place below Sunderland who have a superior goal difference.

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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