Newcastle United has won its appeal against the red card Fabricio Coloccini received in last weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby.
Coloccini took down Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher in the box and was sent off for what referee Robert Madley determined to be denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity, although Newcastle felt aggrieved because goalkeeper Rob Elliott was likely to win the ball in the following seconds.
Many believed the play was correctly ruled a foul, allowing Adam Johnson to slot home the ensuing penalty just before halftime, but the red card was overkill in the situation.
“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,” the FA said in a statement released Tuesday.
While the reversal of the decision makes the Newcastle captain available for selection on Sunday against Everton, the club will still feel hard done by to play the entire second half a man down, a major factor in the eventual outcome. Newcastle had controlled much of the first half possession, and looked the most likely to score before Fletcher’s break. Sunderland would go on to win 3-0 for its first victory of the Premier League season.
The Magpies were, however, charged with “failing to control their players in relation to their reaction” immediately following the decision. They have until mid-day on Friday to respond.