Newcastle lost their sixth derby in a row against the Black Cats and the game turned after Coloccini rammed into Fletcher in the penalty area, conceding a spot-kick and earning himself a red card.
No need for Collocini to make the challenge BrainDead defending That was the only kick they had in the 1st half,the penalty— mick quinn (@mickquinn1089) October 25, 2015
Meanwhile, former Sunderland midfielder and life-long Newcastle fan Don Hutchison also took to Twitter to criticise the 33-year-old.
What the F@@@ is Coloccini doing!! Don’t be lazy man and stay on your feet. 1-0 #gamechanger— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) October 25, 2015
There was plenty of debate about the decision that greeted Coloccini's barge in the box. Many feel it wasn't a penalty and even more feel the Newcastle man should never have been sent off.
But what's clear is the Argentine was stupid against Sunderland. Why on earth was he going in for an unneccesary barge like that? And why was he making his body shape so obvious while doing it?
Coloccini looked like a bull with horns charging at someone.
The Newcastle skipper was terrible last season and was rewarded with a new contract. He has been terrible this season and Steve McClaren has sung his praises in response.
That's what you get when you worship mediocrity - and Sunderland reaped the rewards on Sunday afternoon.