Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko set for club fine after red card

BAD FOUL ... Moussa Sissoko
BAD FOUL ... Moussa Sissoko

MOUSSA Sissoko faces a club fine after being sent off in Newcastle United’s defeat to Liverpool.

The club’s stand-in captain will miss the next TWO games after being dismissed for two bookable offences at Anfield.

Sissoko was shown a second yellow card for a reckless challenge on Lucas Leiva.

And Newcastle head coach John Carver – whose side lost 2-0 – felt the midfielder was fortunate not to be shown a straight red by referee Lee Mason and banned for an extra game.

Sissoko will miss Sunday’s home game against Tottenham Hotspur and the visit of Swansea City to St James’s Park on April 25.

And the 25-year-old faces a “disciplinary procedure”, according to head coach John Carver, who will have captain Fabricio Coloccini back from suspension for the Tottenham game.

“I’m sure there’ll be some sort of disciplinary procedure, definitely,” said Carver.

“I actually said to the guys before the game that I think on the last five visits to Anfield we’ve had somebody sent off, or something like that.

“I said before the game we needed to keep 11 players. It’s hard enough playing 11 v 11.

“He’s been fortunate to get away with it.”

Sissoko – whose performance in Newcastle’s Wear-Tyne derby defeat eight days earlier had angered fans – had been booked minutes earlier for dissent.

And Carver told Sissoko he was fortunate not to have been shown a red in the dressing room after the game.

“We’re slightly fortunate he got a yellow,” said Carver. “It could have been a straight red, I’ll be honest.

“I’ve said that to Moussa. I’m not saying anything that I haven’t said to him.

“I am quite straight, and I won’t defend anybody if it’s undefendable.

“Now he gets a two-match ban – he got away with one there.”