Newcastle United suffered a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in their opening match of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.
The Magpies kept it tight in the first half, but moment of madness of Jonjo Shelvey saw Newcastle reduced to 10-men after the break.
Spurs took advantage of playing with an extra man, and scored twice with Dele Alli and Ben Davies getting their name on the scoresheet.
Shelvey made a fool of himself when he unnecessarily stamped on Alli with the referee standing close by. It was a straight forward decision and the former Liverpool player was rightly given the marching orders.
After the match, Alli said that he was aware of Shelvey’s temperament, and he chose not to react to the situation.
The Tottenham star says it was going to be a physical game but they kept their cool.
“We knew it was going to be a physical game. It's not an easy place to come. It happens sometimes," said Alli, as quoted by BBC Sports.
"I'm sure he'll be disappointed. it was important we stayed professional. I don't want to talk about it too much. I've had a few talks with the gaffer in the past [about his temperament]. I've been pulled up for my temper before but today we had to keep our cool. There was no need to react today.”
Newcastle winger Christian Atsu said after the match that Shelvey has apologised to his team-mates for his red card.
He adds that Shelvey is upset with himself for letting the team down, but the team is behind him.
"That’s football. Mistakes do happen. He’ll learn from his mistakes. He’s upset with himself. He thinks he let the team down. We are really behind him. We believe he will come back stronger. He apologised to everyone," said Atsu to Sky Sports (h/t BBC Sport).