Sunderland were beaten 3-0 by Peterborough United at the weekend, with Jack Ross's side tasting defeat for the first time this season.
O’Nien was sent off in Sunderland’s 3-0 defeat to The Posh at the weekend, after he took a swing at Toney.
From replays it was fairly unclear whether O’Nien actually made contact with Toney’s face, but the Peterborough striker made sure that the referee knew he had been hit.
Toney went down clutching his head, with O’Nien ultimately being given his marching orders.
And Sunderland captain Leadbitter has suggested that the Peterborough striker said to him that he wasn’t play-acting.
"It's not really for me to comment about the red cards, but the lad has told me he's clipped him in the face. I've obviously seen it back and I don't think he's gone anywhere near him and he's gone down. Sometimes footballers do that,” Leadbitter said.
Regardless of whether Toney made a meal out of O’Nien’s reaction, Sunderland still lost their discipline.
The Black Cats certainly could have no complaints about Charlie Wyke’s second yellow card, which sent them down to nine men, after he lunged into a tackle of Dan Butler while already on a booking.
Sunderland’s defeat to Posh is their first in all competitions this season, and leaves them frustrated heading into the international break.
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