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Newcastle United appeal Coloccini's red card

Newcastle United are appealing the red card issued to Fabricio Coloccini during the Wear-Tyne derby at the weekend.

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"Newcastle United have lodged an appeal with the Football Association for the wrongful dismissal of Fabricio Coloccini during Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Coloccini was given a straight red card by referee Robert Madley in first half injury time following an incident involving Steven Fletcher, which resulted in the awarding of a penalty kick.

The appeal will be heard by a Regulatory Commission tomorrow afternoon and the club will be notified of the result shortly afterwards.

Should the dismissal stand, United’s captain will miss Saturday’s Barclays Premier League fixture with Stoke City at St. James’ Park."

– Club statement


New camera to be used during the Wear Tyne derby

State-of-the-art camera technology at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light is to be used on match days to clearly identify any individual in the ground getting involved in anti-social behaviour.

The special high-resolution Panomera CCTV camera, was installed last season to assist police and club safety staff.

The camera captures detailed footage of the stadium’s entire Away section. It'll be used during this Sunday's Wear Tyne Derby.

"We can view footage of any incident, and more importantly, the minutes preceding the incident. This is particularly useful if, for example, a smoke grenade has been set-off or a missile thrown.

– Paul Weir, Sunderland AFC
Paul Weir, head of safety at SAFC Credit: Sunderland AFC

Tea lady to retire after 52 years at Newcastle United

Kath Cassidy, 88, is has been tea lady at Newcastle United since 1968 Credit: Newcastle United FC

A tea lady who has served at Newcastle United for more than 52 years is retiring.

Kath Cassidy, 88, started pouring cups of tea at St James' Park in 1963 and has served under 26 different managers. Mrs Cassidy worked in the press suite on match days and became a popular figure with local media.

She even made a cameo appearance during a club press conference in 2005, under then manager Graeme Souness. Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer were forced into making a public apology after being sent off for fighting during Newcastle's 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

Watch Kath's press conference cameo:

Mrs Cassidy is recognised for all her hard work ahead of Newcastle United's match with Norwich City today.


McClaren laments Krul injury blow

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren has spoken of his disappointment at the news that goalkeeper Tim Krul will miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

Krul sustained the injury on international duty during Holland's 2-1 win over Kazakhstan last weekend. Scans later revealed the 27-year-old had damaged his anterior cruciate ligament.

With second-choice goalkeeper Karl Darlow also sidelined with a foot injury, third-choice stopper Rob Elliot is expected to start in Newcastle's Premier League match against Norwich on Sunday.

MH17 victims' families await report outcome

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The final report into the cause of the MH17 crash is to be published by Dutch Safety Board later.

298 people were killed, including Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder.

The pair were on their way to watch a pre-season friendly in New Zealand.

The Malaysian Airlines plane is suspected to have been shot down by Moscow-backed separatists in Ukraine last year.

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