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Benitez unhappy with Coloccini challenge

Benitez unhappy with Coloccini challenge (©GettyImages)
Benitez unhappy with Coloccini challenge (©GettyImages).

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez believes Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini should have been sent off for breaking former team-mate Demba Ba's nose in a five-goal thriller at St James' Park that the home side won 3-2 at the death.

The beleaguered Spaniard pointed to Ba's premature departure on his return to Tyneside as the pivotal moment in a game which the Magpies won courtesy of Moussa Sissoko's last-gasp strike. Ba felt the full force of the Argentina international's boot in his face as the pair challenged for a 32nd-minute loose ball, which the striker headed inches wide with the score at 0-0.

Benitez, whose side has now not won in four games in all competitions, said: "It was a penalty and a red card for me, the incident. In the middle of the park, you just carry on and go back from a free-kick. In the penalty area, you go back, penalty and red card.

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