Uriah Rennie Gets Another Dig At Newcastle!

Last updated : 17 January 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor

Shearer made no contact, and two Villa defenders actually thought the referee had sent THEM off, and there was total confusion when the red card came out.

Shearer was stunned, as were the fans, but that was the start of a history of horror decisions from this referee against Newcastle.

Last night was nothing new. Emre saw red, after he had almost been crippled by a ridiculous challenge from John Eustace. Yet Eustace got nothing!

Nigel Pearson hit out at the Emre dismissal - and three-match ban.

It means Kevin Keegan will be without THREE central midfielders due to suspension and two more because of the African Nations Cup when he takes charge of the first game of his second coming as manager against Bolton Wanderers at St James's Park on Saturday.

Pearson:  "I thought the challenge on Emre was awful, let's be honest. It was a ridiculous challenge, and you only have to look at Emre's shin to see how bad a challenge it was.

"I've seen it a few times on the slow-mo as well, and it's not pretty.

"One thing led to another. The first challenge should have been dealt with, and after that it's another player that we lose at a time when we've got a number of players available.

"That makes it even more difficult for us, but we'll have to deal with it."