Sunderland and Newcastle United fans react on Twitter to Fabricio Coloccini red card being overturned

Fabricio Coloccini

The Argentine's sending off proved to be the turning point in last weekend's Tyne-Wear derby.

Newcastle United today confirmed – via their official site - that the FA have rescinded the red card shown to Fabricio Coloccini’s during Sunday’s defeat to Sunderland.

The Argentine put a strong challenge into Black Cats striker Steven Fletcher inside the area and referee Bobby Madley showed no hesitation in awarding the spot kick.

Coloccini’s subsequent sending off is what caused the most controversy, with many viewing it as harsh given the doubts as to whether Fletcher would have reached the ball before the onrushing Rob Elliot.

Madley may have felt obliged to send the Magpies’ captain off for ‘preventing a clear goalscoring opportunity’ but the FA’s decision now means the rule needs clarification.

Newcastle were somewhat laughably charged with a failure to control their players after Madley’s ‘obvious error’ and the decision will do little to comfort the Toon Army after a sixth consecutive loss against their most bitter rivals.

Twitter was predictably awash with reaction from both sets of supporters and we've provided a collection of highlights below:

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