Yedlin opens up about crucial flashpoint in defeat v Brighton
By Russell Edge
Newcastle United defender has given his honest verdict over an apparent stamp on him from Brighton’s Tomer Hemed during the Seagulls’ 1-0 win.
The Israeli striker, who scored the match winning goal earlier in the second have, appeared to tread down on the American internationals calf with just minutes left to play, which could have had a crucial bearing on the match.
It is unclear as to whether referee Andre Marriner witnessed the action take place, but if he has not referenced it in his match report, then the Brighton man could be facing a FA disciplinary charge if the matter is reviewed.
Yedlin, who was making just his second appearance this season after returning from injury, says that he initially thought Hemed had stamped on him, but admits he could not say whether it was intentional or not.
He told the Chronicle: “I thought he stamped on my calf but didn’t see what happened.
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“Maybe it was accidental. I was on the ground.
“Whether it was accidental or not, doesn’t really matter, whoever is on the committee who punishes that sort of thing will figure it out.”
Newcastle have already had some dealings with the FA’s disciplinary panel once this season, with Aleksandar Mitrovic receiving a ban for violent conduct during the club’s clash against West Ham.
They have also had to deal with another controversial stamp earlier in the campaign, although Jonjo Shelvey was the perpetrator, not the victim, as he saw red for planting his foot into Dele Alli’s ankle on the opening day.
In other Newcastle United news, Football Insider has analysed three things learned from the Magpies’ defeat.