At least for me, anyway. You might have a different take on it, but from where I'm sitting, this one looks pretty black and white in terms of the decision.
And yes, that pun was intentional.
Newcastle's somewhat surprise 3-2 win over Chelsea in the English Premier League this weekend will no doubt be overshadowed by the scenes created by Coloccini's flying kick on Ba, which resulted in a broken nose for the striker (per Fox Sports).
This should have been a red card for Coloccini, at a stage where the Magpies were only leading the Blues 1-0 just before halftime.
Despite there being no malice involved, the Magpies defender: a) was the last man in defense, b) didn't get the ball in his attempted "tackle" on Ba and c) ended up kicking another man in the face—shattering his nose in the process.
How that's not a red card is just ridiculous, and Chelsea manger Rafa Benitez was reportedly left fuming after the match about the situation.
We couldn't change the situation of Demba Ba. That was a penalty and a red card for me. It changed the game.
After watching the replay it's very clear. A player with his nose broken and bleeding for five minutes is good evidence. I have a lot of respect for them (referees) but it is just the decision that is wrong.
And for once this year, the Blues boss is completely right.
Coloccini should have been sent off, and Chelsea have every right to feel robbed of one if not all three competition points from their trip up north to Newcastle.
How it plays out in the top-four race this season could be very interesting indeed, though you'd hate for an incident like this to decide a potential European berth.
Especially with Demba Ba sidelined for the next few weeks.
Should Fabricio Coloccini have been sent off vs. Chelsea?
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