Everton manager: Coloccini was reckless

Everton manager Roberto Martinez (left) and Newcastle United manager John Carver talk before the game

Everton manager Roberto Martinez (left) and Newcastle United manager John Carver talk before the game

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ROBERTO Martinez felt Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini was “reckless” – and had to go.

Coloccini was sent off in yesterday’s 3-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park for a lunge at Aaron Lennon.

I thought it was reckless and really high

Everton boss Martinez

The club’s captain is facing a three-match ban.

Everton manager Martinez – whose side had played a Europa League tie just three days earlier – said he wasn’t surprised to see referee Martin Atkinson brandish a red card.

“I thought it was reckless and really high,” said Martinez.

“If you look at the reaction of the Newcastle players, I don’t think anyone was suprised.

“Football is a game of contact, you cannot forget that. I thought the referee did what he had to do.

“Now the red card is going to bring a suspension, and that should help you not to do it again, but it’s a contact sport, and those actions will be there.”

Everton, like Newcastle two years ago, have struggled to manage the competing demands of domestic and European football.

But Martinez said: “I’m proud that we played with a lot of intenstiy after Europe – something we haven’t done in the past.

“I think it shows you that we’ve come a long way. I’m trying to look forward and see how much we can fulfil our potential.

“It’s true that we are a stronger team now than at the start of the season because of how tough it has been.”