Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini was sent off during their 3-0 defeat against Sunderland.
Gary Lineker and Jermaine Jenas have both tweeted their disagreement with the decision to send Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini off during the Magpies' 3-0 defeat to Sunderland earlier today.
Sunderland were handed a spot-kick when Coloccini was deemed to have unfairly blocked Steven Fletcher off, as the Scottish striker chased a through ball.
Referee Bobby Madley then decided to produce a controversial red-card, and sent Coloccini from the field with Lineker and Jenas both tweeting their dissatisfaction at the performance of the official.
Football eh? Madness from Coloccini but don't think it was a red. Keeper was always getting there.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 25, 2015
Always does, but usually it's the players that lose there cool not the officials. https://t.co/6qrPQX1nsU— Jermaine Jenas (@jjenas8) October 25, 2015
Can see why he's gave it but to give a red as well was daft! https://t.co/1aFCPr0aJP— Jermaine Jenas (@jjenas8) October 25, 2015
Madley had felt that Fletcher was denied a clear goalscoring opportunity by Coloccini, but replays suggested that the ball may have ran through to Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot, even if the Argentine defender hadn't made the challenge.
In the end the decision turned out to be a crucial one, as Sunderland went on to win the fixture with a comfortable scoreline.
The Black Cats had been on the back foot prior to the dismissal, but they made their numerical advantage count, and scored through Adam Johnson, Billy Jones and Fletcher.
The win lifts Sunderland above Newcastle in the Premier League table, but both the North East sides remain in the relegation zone, as things stand.