Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey confirms helping Newcastle United in Fabricio Coloccini overturn

Fabricio Coloccini

The Argentine had his red card for a tackle on Steven Fletcher rescinded.

Newcastle United lost 3-0 at the weekend in the Wear-Tyne derby against local rivals Sunderland. It as a result that did not in fact highlight the way the game went.

Newcastle had the bulk of possession and shots and were still outdone - but were not helped by a poor decision from the referee. Well, Steve McClaren thought so at least and so did the Premier League - who rescinded the ban of Fabricio Coloccini this week.

The Argentine went into Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher shoulder-to-shoulder but certainly fouled the Scottish international. However, it was not clear that there was a clear goalscoring opportunity and it was therefore adjudged that Robert Madley made a mistake sending off the Newcastle captain.

Prior to Newcastle's successful appeal it would appear that they sought advice from an expert.

Writing in his Bolton News column former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has revealed that Newcastle contacted him about the Coloccini incident:

"Newcastle United asked me my opinion on a very similar incident involving Fabricio Coloccini and after reviewing the footage I advised them to make a case saying he hadn’t denied a clear and obvious goalscoring opportunity.

"Yesterday afternoon, shortly after I’d landed back in the country after a busman’s holiday in Doha on the Keys and Gray show, I got a text saying the Toon defender had got off his ban."

It certainly seems as though belated justice has been done. However that will come as nno comfort to the Newcastle fans who had to suffer at the weekend.

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