Newcastle United beat Chelsea 3-2 in the Premier League at St James’ Park this afternoon and while the match will be remembered for a brace from Moussa Sissoko, it was also the match that saw Demba Ba return to Newcastle.
Former Newcastle striker Ba didn’t get much of a kick at the start of the match, but was presented with a chance that was saved by Tim Krul, before heading the rebound just wide.
As he headed wide, Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini welcomed Ba back to the north-east in the only way that he knew how – by booting him in the face!
Coloccini clearly didn’t mean to injure Ba, with the Senegal international breaking his nose and forced from the field, but Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez was livid.
The Spaniard said after the match: “I could see a red card that was not shown for Coloccini. So we had a chance, he [Demba Ba] had the ball, he received a kick and got a broken nose, it was bleeding. It was so simple, if it was in the middle of park you would go back and give a free-kick.”
Benitez continued: “It is very simple and very clear – penalty and red card because it was a chance. It’s a strange rule and the penalty could have changed everything.”
A very unbiased view from Benitez there. Here’s a picture of the incident…
Not a penalty in my opinion and I was disappointed to see Ba leave the field, but I don’t think he deserved the reception that he got from the Toon Army.