Newcastle United have appealed the red card given to captain Fabricio Coloccini during Sunday’s defeat to local rivals Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
The skipper’s dismissal late in the first half proved the turning point as Newcastle went on to lose 3-0 – the Argentinian sent off after colliding with Steven Fletcher inside the penalty area.
Both the penalty and the dismissal caused much debate as Sunderland racked up a sixth consecutive win over the Magpies with goals from Adam Johnson, Billy Jones and Fletcher.
A club statement read: “Newcastle United have lodged an appeal with the Football Association for the wrongful dismissal of Fabricio Coloccini during Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
“Coloccini was given a straight red card by referee Robert Madley in first-half injury time following an incident involving Steven Fletcher, which resulted in the awarding of a penalty kick.
“The appeal will be heard by a Regulatory Commission tomorrow [Tuesday] afternoon and the club will be notified of the result shortly afterwards.
“Should the dismissal stand, United’s captain will miss Saturday’s Barclays Premier League fixture with Stoke City at St. James’ Park.”
Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren said he was “aggrieved” at the decision, especially after Madley waved away shouts for a penalty when Giorginio Wijnaldum tangled with Lee Cattermole moments earlier.
“I am devastated for the fans and feel harshly done to,” he told Sky Sports, while opposite number and former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce acknowledged his side were “a bit fortunate”.