Newcastle, Everton


Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness thinks that Everton’s Seamus Coleman was lucky not to have his jaw broken after having received an elbow to the face from Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse during Everton’s 3-2 defeat at St James Park yesterday.

With Everton leading 1-0 Senegalese striker Cisse struck Irish international defender Seamus Coleman in the face while the two were battling in the box knocking the Everton player to the ground.

Referee Craig Pawson did not see the incident, and Cisse went on to score for Newcastle just moments later.

When talking to Sky Sports the former Liverpool player Souness called the blow “nasty” and said that Cisse should receive a ban.

“Coleman is very lucky he’s not broken his jaw there. (The referee) must have seen the action. He chose not to see it.

“You understand when players come together there is pushing and shoving. But that is really nasty. He tries to hurt him.

“He’ll get three games for violent conduct. That’s a jaw-breaker.”

Following the match Roberto Martinez couldn’t believe Cisse was not shown a red card.

He told Sky Sports: “He’s very lucky. It’s the most certain red you’re ever going to see.
You’ll see he has one hit and then a second.

“It’s a knockout blow. I can’t understand the referee.

“It’s a huge moment because the ball was then in the back of the net from Cisse. It’s naughty from him. He’ll get done for that I think, he’s in trouble there.”