Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Nigeria

Pardew backs Ameobi over dismissal



The Newcastle United Manager, Alan Pardew has backed striker, Shola Ameobi over his red card in the club’s third round FA Cup defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Nigerian forward was given the marching orders in the 62nd minute of Newcastle’s 0-2 loss to the championship side following a challenge on Moreno David Lopez.

It was the striker’s second yellow of the match which left the referee with no option but to send him off.

Pardew feels his big striker should have been given the benefit of the doubt and allowed to stay on.

“I think it was a bit of an unfair decision. You could see that he (the referee) took a long hard look at the situation before showing him the red card. Shola should have been allowed to carry on because the offence was not too severe,” a disappointed Pardew said.

The former West Ham United gaffer then accused Moreno of play acting; an act which he claimed conned the referee.

“The player goes down and takes a sly look at the match official before going on to make a meal of it. That was very unfortunate and that may have affected the decision of the ref,” he complained.

Shola’s younger brother, Sammy was on for Newcastle from start to finish in the loss to Newcastle but rarely threatened as Gus Poyet’s side won at a canter.

It is still unclear if Shola will play for Nigeria at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations which begins on January 19 while Sammy has yet to earn a cap for the Super Eagles.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Carol Radull
How do you pay tribute to Thierry Henry?
If you’re a fan of the classic musical “The Sound of Music” then you will be familiar with the...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Some refs invite criticism
Why is it that some referees appear to invite criticism? Why is it that some referees put a...

Neil Tovey
Backing Tinkler for the big time
With Vladimir Vermezovic having jumped ship, Orlando Pirates find themselves in a state of flux.

Chima Emmanuel Aguma
Wenger in or out? I say out!
After Arsenal’s loss to Stoke City this past weekend, the call for Arsene Wenger to step down as...

Sunday Oliseh
Football's new undisputed best club?
When Barcelona appointed Pep Guardiola as head coach in 2008, their primary objective was to stop...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Make or break time
Ten years ago today, I remember Andy Gray's iconic commentary at Anfield, when Steven Gerrard...