Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini reacts to his red card against Sunderland being overturned

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The loss of the Argentine turned Sunday's game on its head.

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini has shared his thoughts on his red card against Sunderland and its subsequent rescinding by the FA.

The Argentinian was dismissed after challenging Steven Fletcher in the box and believing he had ‘denied a clear goalscoring opportunity’ referee Bobby Madley sent him off, according to the letter of the law.

It was unclear whether Fletcher would have reached the ball before the onrushing Rob Elliot and the non-dangerous nature of the challenge made the referee’s decision a harsh one.

The FA yesterday confirmed that the decision has been overturned, allowing Coloccini to feature against Stoke this weekend.

“It is justice,” said the 33-year old, in an interview with nufc.co.uk.

“It is not a surprise to me that the red card was overturned because it was a wrong decision.

“I am happy because I am able to play against Stoke, but it does not change what happened on Sunday.

“We lost the game, we lost three points and we lost the derby. We cannot get that back, and that is why I cannot be too happy about winning the appeal - it does not change these things.

The Magpies were charged with failing to control their players in the aftermath of the decision but Coloccini feels the reaction of his team-mates was to be expected.

“As soon as the referee gave the red card, I knew it was wrong. I spoke with the referee but he had made his decision,” he added.

“I was very angry on the pitch… I am normally a quiet man but it was a very big injustice in a big game.

“During my career I have had plenty of red cards, and am the first man to put my hands up if I have done wrong but straight away I knew this red card was not the right decision, and that is why I was very angry on the pitch.”

The FA’s decision is vindication of the feelings of injustice from the Newcastle fans and news that Coloccini is available for selection will do little to ease the pain after a 3-0 defeat to their most bitter rivals.

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