'Disappointed' Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe's view on Joelinton's red card

Eddie Howe's given his view on Joelinton’s dismissal in Newcastle United’s 3-2 defeat to Benfica last night.
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Joelinton was sent off for two bookable offences at the Estadio da Luz, where Miguel Almiron netted twice. The dismissal sparked a touchline melee between the two benches.

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United were unhappy at a number of decisions from referee Nuno Almeida, though Howe conceded that Joelinton’s second tackle was "late”.

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"I'm disappointed, to be honest," said United's head coach. "For me, in pre-season friendlies, the last thing I want to see is a red card for either team unless there’s a tackle that’s really out of the spirit of the game. I don't think Joelinton's tackles were. The second one was late, and he acknowledged that and stayed to try and look after the lad.

"It spoiled the last 10-15 minutes, but it was a good test for us as well. We weren't quite good enough to see the game out, which is disappointing from our perspective.”

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