Former Newcastle United midfielder Didi Hamann criticises Aleksandar Mitrovic red card

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The Serbian was sent off against Arsenal earlier today.

Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has certainly lived up to his reputation in the Premier League so far, since his summer arrival from Anderlecht.

The Serbian international striker arrived with a tagline of being the ‘Serbian Balotelli’ because of his larger than life personality and ability to get himself sent off.

He has already been booked on his previous two appearances for the club but has now upgraded to a red card.

He caught Francis Coquelin with his studs in the first half in a challenge that saw him given his marching orders.

It was a decision that seemed to divide opinion. Some felt it was fair, as the challenge was reckless, others thought it was harsh – perhaps the player’s reputation proceeding him.

One man who had the latter opinion was former Newcastle midfielder Didi Hamann.

The German, who spent the 1998-99 season at the club before joining Liverpool, felt the decision was harsh and that a yellow card would have sufficed:

In fairness, by the letter of the law, the referee was entitle to send him off.

However, he could have used common sense and given the player a yellow. It seemed however that the referee wanted to set a marker down on the Serbian – who will hopefully temper his aggressive style slightly in the future.

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