Alan Pardew has expressed his dismay for striker Shola Ameobi following his dismissal in what could be his last match for Newcastle United.
The Nigeria international was shown two yellow cards and sent off as Newcastle coughed up a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 against Liverpool on Sunday.
Pardew lambasted the referee for the decision and defended the Super Eagles marksman, saying: “I know Shola. Shola doesn’t swear and I saw the referee and said ‘well how angry can he possibly get?’.
“I think what happened was he kind of said ‘if you carry on I’ll send you off’ and maybe sarcastically Shola says ‘well send me off’, and he did.
“That’s sort of the explanation Phil gave me. I think he should have managed that far better than that.”
He added: “It is disappointing for Shola because we assume it might be his last game and I think he was terrific in everything he did.
“It was a shame that that’s happened to him, and if the ref had handled that better he’d have finished the game like he should have. It’s very disappointing for him and for our fans because he’s one of the finest players I’ve managed.”
Ameobi has scored two goals in 26 league appearances – mostly off the bench – for Magpies this season.
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