Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole has been handed a four match ban by the FA having been sent-off for “foul and abusive language” after the final whistle of the as ever fraught Tyne derby away to Newcastle on Sunday.
Cattermole received his tenth booking of the season after as little as 40 seconds of play after smashing into Cheick Tiote and thereby immediately earned himself a two match ban, with the red card after the final whistle earning him another two game suspension.
Black Cats forward Stephane Sessegnon’s 58th-minute dismissal for violent conduct after he elbowed Tiote will cost the 27-year-old Benin international three games on the sidelines. There was no confirmation as to whether Tiote had been targeted by Sunderland before the game.
Tempers flared off the pitch as well with opposing managers (Newcastle’s Alan Pardew and Sunderland’s Martin O’Neill) having to be restrained from each other on the touchline as passions looked set to overflow. At the post match press conference; O’Neill was asked if he’d talk with Pardew later, to which O’Neill replied: “I think I’ll get straight on the bus!” Pardew seemed ‘disappointed’ that he would not get to share a glass of wine with his counterpart in the aftermath of the game. I’m sure the disappointment won’t cause him any sleepless nights but one wonders had managers set the right example; would the players on the pitch have been more likely to follow suit? Two red cards and nine yellows is more than a fiery game by anybody’s standards.