By Keith Hackett

19th Oct, 2021 | 6:45am

Ex-Premier League referee: Shelvey should be banned as controversial Newcastle picture emerges

Jonjo Shelvey can have no complaints after he was sent off as Newcastle United fell to a 3-2 defeat to Tottenham, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted Andre Marriner had no choice but to show Shelvey a second yellow.

The midfielder was making his first appearance for Newcastle since the opening day after struggling with a calf injury.

He was introduced from the bench after 67 minutes and picked up his first yellow card just over 10 minutes later.

In the 83rd minute, he was shown a second yellow for bringing Sergio Reguilon down as Spurs tried to launch a counter-attack.

Shelvey will now miss Newcastle’s trip to Crystal Palace next weekend where they will be looking to finally pick up their first Premier League win of the season.

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Asked whether the 29-year-old can feel hard done by the decision, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Absolutely not.

“Generally, Andre is not a guy that flashes card liberally but on this occasion, he’s left with no option. That second yellow was a bit meaty.

“He’s a player that’s got a bit of a background in terms of this, this is probably around an element of frustration.

“In the past we’ve seen that the referee can have a bit of a quiet word while running alongside him ‘Calm down, welcome. Enjoy the game’. All these aspects prevent this somewhat wayward approach he has in the games.

“He’s got a bit of a track record of getting reds.”

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