Fabricio Coloccini escapes Premier League ban

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Fabricio Coloccini will not miss any competitive action despite his recent red card, thanks to a new FA ruling.

He will, however, miss the Magpies' next pre-season match against Blackpool on Sunday as punishment.

The new guidelines state that players dismissed in pre-season friendlies are banned from the proceeding warm-up match, but it will not affect their participation in competitive games.

The news will come as a welcome relief to manager Alan Pardew, who would not have been happy with his skipper, had the red card meant he missed the start of the Premier League season.

The Magpies captain was shown the red card for grabbing Pacos Ferreira striker Caetano around the neck on Tuesday night. Pardew was unhappy with the decision even though both players saw red for the incident, as he felt there were other incidents which the referee should have dealt with earlier to defuse any potential situation.

"We are disappointed with the referee. He lost control of the game. When you let tackles go you are asking for trouble," Pardew told the Daily Mail.

"It frustrates the players. In the end we had a scene which has cost us our captain."

Yoan Gouffran was forced to limp off after another late tackle and is set to be assessed by the club's medical staff.
Pardew added: "Gouff got a nasty one at the end. It was another tackle that was missed by the ref."


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