Are Newcastle United a ‘dirty’ team?
Posted on November 25th, 2010 | 29 Comments |
Newcastle United manager, Chris Hughton has recently come out and defended his team’s disciplinary record in the wake of three suspensions of major players, namely, Joey Barton for a crafty dig at Blackburn’s Morten Gamst Pedersen, Fabricio Coloccini for an elbow in in the face of Bolton’s Johan Elmander, and finally, Mike Williamson for a debatable ‘headbutt’, once again on Elmander.
Former Magpie, Alan Shearer, has accused the team of deliberately roughing players up in his role as a pundit on ‘Match of the Day’. However, Hughton responded to the accusations in an interview where he referred to a “freak fortnight” of disciplinary lapses from his little angels. He said:
“I don’t think that anyone who has seen us play would call us a dirty team.”
“It’s not a concern that we’ll pick up a reputation at all because we’re not that kind of side at all. But of course the players need to be aware of their actions and what it might mean.
“But what we have had really is a freak fortnight. To have one ban like this is quite unusual, but to have three in two weeks is really quite rare.
“But we have to accept it and get on with it. It is something that we’ll remind the players about – we remind them about it all the time.
“But if you look at the facts, neither of those players have a bad disciplinary record on the whole.
“Mike was on two bookings for the whole season before the ban – Colo was on three bookings before he got sent off.
“Those are not bad disciplinary records or something to be concerned about.”
But what do YOU think? Would you say that Newcastle are one of the rougher sides in the Premiership? Or would you agree with Hughton in saying that the events of the last few games have been a temporary lapse in an otherwise well disciplined team who rely on style instead of roughing players up to get what they want? Would you say that we are more sinned against than sinning? With new signing, Hatem Ben Arfa, cynically targeted by Manchester City thug, Nigel De Jong, resulting in a challenge which broke the player’s leg in two places after only 4 appearences for the club. The cynical targeting of Joey Barton by Wolves’ captain, Carl Henry and others could be cited as another example.
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