Newcastle United worked extremely hard to earn a 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League this afternoon, having to finish the match with ten men after captain Fabricio Coloccini was sent off, but former Liverpool and Newcastle striker Michael Owen feels that was a bad decision.
Intent. That seems to be the key word in the Premier League today, with many football pundits seeing that as the reason why referee Anthony Taylor sent off Coloccini. There is no doubt that the Argentina international went in late on Luis Suarez, but he didn’t even touch the Uruguayan, who unsurprisingly made the most of the challenge.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew refused to criticise the ref, maybe because he knows it will only get him in trouble. After the match Pardew said: “The sending off doesn’t look too clever, Coloccini tries stopping himself to some extent and there not too much intent there.” While Pards was being coy, one man who didn’t hold back his opinion is Michael Owen.
Michael Owen might not be one of Newcastle fans’ favourite former players, having seen the England international rake in the cash as the Magpies got relegated, but the current Stoke City player’s stock will have gone up in the north-east today. Owen took to Twitter to say: “Not having Coloccini’s red card at all. He didn’t touch him and to say there was intent is laughable.”
As a current player you have to respect his opinion more than most, especially having previously trained and played with Coloccini. This gives him more insight into the matter, as Owen further said: “Let me tell you, he kicks a moving ball a thousand times a day and doesn’t miss it once. If he wanted to connect with a standing leg then he wouldn’t have missed. He pulls out at the last minute and doesn’t touch him. Not having that’s a red at all.”
That’s fairly definitive from Owen, and it’s nice to see him side with Newcastle over Liverpool despite him having a pretty torrid time at St James’ Park. What do you think? Is Owen right in his opinion that Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini shouldn’t have been shown a red card and should the Magpies appeal the decision and the three match ban?
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