Newcastle’s Coloccini not going to Argentina during ban

Referee Martin Atkinson shows Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini (centre) a red card
Referee Martin Atkinson shows Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini (centre) a red card

JOHN Carver says Fabricio Coloccini will NOT be heading back to his native Argentina during his ban.

Newcastle United’s captain was sent off in last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park for a reckless challenge.

He is staying here and getting involved around the place

John Carver

The club failed in its bid this week to have the red card overturned.

And Coloccini will serve the first game of a three-match suspension tomorrow when Arsenal visit St James’s Park.

Coloccini has previously been allowed to return to his homeland to see his family during his rehabilitation from injuries.

But United head coach Carver – who still feels defender Coloccini’s challenge did NOT deserve a straight red card – says the 33-year-old will stay on Tyneside while he serves his ban.

“He is staying here, and he is going to get involved around the place,” said Carver.

“We’ve got a lot of young lads in the dressing room at the moment and I want him to be part of it, because he needs to contribute.

“He’s never asked to go back.”

Coloccini’s ban followed the seven-match suspension picked up by striker Papiss Demba Cisse for spitting at Manchester United’s Jonny Evans earlier in the month.

While the club could do nothing about the season-ending injuries picked up by Cheik Tiote, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett and Siem de Jong, Cisse and Coloccini’s bans were self-inflicted.

However, Carver felt the club was right to appeal Coloccini’s red card.

“I was disappointed with Papiss, but I do have some sympathy with Colo,” said Carver, whose side is 11th in the Premier League with nine games left to play.

“I’m still not convinced it was a straight red card.

“It wasn’t a desperation thing (the appeal).

“I went through all the criteria. If you look at it time and time again, people sometimes go on past reputations.

“And I remember when something similar happened at Liverpool with (Luis) Suarez on the touchline. Colo deserved to get sent off that day.

“I won’t defend anyone, even if he is my player, if he’s in the wrong, like I did with Papiss.

“With this situation, I wasn’t convinced it was reckless where he was out of control. I was convinced it was a yellow card.”

Carver will field Daryl Janmaat in central defence alongside Mike Williamson in the absence of Coloccini and injured pair Taylor and Dummett.

Midfielder Vurnon Anita is a candidate to take Janmaat’s place at right-back.

Carver will name four young players, including defenders Jamie Sterry and Lubomir Satka, in his squad, but none will start against third-placed Arsenal.

“I’d love to stick a couple of the young lads in, he said. “But I don’t think it’s the right environment, certainly against an in-form Arsenal side.”