Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini thanks Sunderland – for putting on a spread for him!

Fabricio Coloccini
Fabricio Coloccini

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini has thanked Sunderland – for putting on a spread for him after his dismissal!

Coloccini was sent off in last weekend's Wear-Tyne derby.

The score at the Stadium of Light was goalless at the time, and United head coach Steve McClaren felt the defender's dismissal in first-half injury time changed the game, which Newcastle went on to lose 3-0.

Coloccini's red card was later rescinded after a Newcastle appeal, and he is available for this afternoon's home match against Stoke City (3pm kick-off).

The 33-year-old has described the result as "painful" in his programme notes.

He said: "I was very angry on the pitch. I am a quiet man, but it was a very big injustice in a big game.

"We felt totally in control of the game – we moved the ball and created situations, and then a decision that changed the was painful, not only for us but for the fans and the city, too."

Coloccini also thanked Sunderland for their hospitality after his dismissal.

He wrote: "I had to watch the second half from inside the dressing room area, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people who work for Sunderland, because they treated me very well – giving me a room to watch the game with food and drink."