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Sunderland charged for penalty melee

14/11/2014  Comments (12)  jump
Sunderland will be censured by the FA for failure to control their players in relation to an incident following the penalty incident that led to Everton's equaliser in the 1-1 draw.

It is alleged that in or around the 76th minute of the game, the club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion," an FA statement said. "The club has until 6pm on November 17 to respond to the charge.

A number of Sunderland players angrily confronted referee Lee Mason, believing that Conor Wickham's challenge on Seamus Coleman was fair. Television replays would prove that the Black Cats striker had fractionally mis-timed his challenge.  

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Tony J Williams
1 Posted 14/11/2014 at 15:04:30
Just reading articles on NewsNow about this and come across this beauty:

"But Mason missed the fact that Wickham made contact with the ball and Leighton Baines scored from the spot to make sure the visitors went home with a lucky point"

I thought only we did revisionism at a high level!

Eric Myles
2 Posted 14/11/2014 at 15:48:18
Clear goalscoring opportunity, Wickam should have had a straight red.

Odd that the EPL can retrospectively charge the club for a reaction to a foul, but not for the foul itself.

Steavey Buckley
3 Posted 14/11/2014 at 17:01:40
The players arguing over the penalty was a distraction so Wickham was not sent off.
Tony J Williams
4 Posted 14/11/2014 at 17:05:17
Also gave the goalie time to try and psyche Baines out too Steavey
Harold Matthews
5 Posted 14/11/2014 at 17:18:22
Wish we would react with fervour. Too many officials think we're a soft touch.
Tim Greeley
6 Posted 15/11/2014 at 11:40:21
90% of the time we should beat Sunderland everytime. IÂ’m still annoyed, damn you sexy Swedish Seb Larsen.

RMÂ’s gotta figure out the best use of the trio behind Lukaku.... and currently Naismith is the best option. Sorry Ross, itÂ’s true.

And if Lukaku is having a Â’mare, as they say, then he needs to come off with EtoÂ’o coming on to change the dynamic.

Baines tweaked now too... itÂ’s gonna be an interesting team for West Ham!

Adolf Ng
7 Posted 15/11/2014 at 16:15:56
If Sunderland is charged, does it mean the victory of the game is given to Everton? If not, then what's the point? It's just going to give advantages to other teams...
Gavin Ramejkis
8 Posted 15/11/2014 at 16:43:17
How wasn't Gomez's reckless tackle reviewed by the do sweet FA and turned to a straight red; it was late, studs up and off the ground and injured a player, the ref wrote it up as he was incorrectly yellow carded, I don't expect anything from the clowns at the do sweet FA.

The Wickham foul was nailed on pen and red card, that prick Mason had already long lost the game at that point and was already reacting to every single call the Poundland Geordies were making from the stands.

James Stewart
9 Posted 15/11/2014 at 16:46:07
Red card all day long that one. Sunderland players were a disgrace the way they pressured the ref.
Karl Jones
10 Posted 15/11/2014 at 16:36:53
Lee Mason should be the one charged for not refereeing according to the Laws. The PL Refs run around like prima donnas with semingly no punishment for performing badly week after week. How many chances has Clattenberg had?

There's all manner of excuses being made for them, but they can't even get the basics right. Look at the Ref we had against Burnley. 2 Minutes injury time was added at the end of the first half. But he waited over the 2 minutes as Burnley were attacking, to give them a chance to score. As soon as Coleman gets the ball he blows the whistle!

Last night the Scotland v ROI game was played in a comparable atmosphere and style to a PL game. The Serbian Referee handled the game perfectly. At the end the fans probably didn't mention the Ref, and even a subbed player shook his hand as he left the pitch. He was probably thinking "I wish we had you every week".

Brent Stephens
11 Posted 15/11/2014 at 16:45:25
Eric #2 I guess the point is that no one individual protestation was enough for a booking but collectively they didn't conduct themselves in an orderly fashion – that calls for action against the club – which the ref can't take?
Matt Traynor
12 Posted 16/11/2014 at 03:38:54
Gavin #8, the ludicrous rule is that by booking him, the ref is adjudged to have dealt with the situation (and altering it after the fact would undermine the referees, poor lambs). The irony is, if Mason hadn't have booked him, but still given the foul, they could take action (even though by giving the foul, the ref has seen it, and dealt with it).

The feed I was watching it on had a couple of commentators – can't remember names, but if I said they were stealing a living, would that narrow it down? Anyway, their immediate reaction was never a pen, ref had dropped a bollock, etc. Then the replay, and they grudgingly admitted he'd in fact got it spot on.

The Gomez challenge should've been a straight red, but I don't agree Wickham's was, otherwise any penalty where the attacker is looking at the goal will yield a red, and cries of double jeopardy etc.

Funny about the failing to control players charge. I must've missed it when Man Utd were getting those charges every other week...

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