THERE are no excuses for what Pepe Reina did against Newcastle. Of course, the Liverpool keeper was frustrated but you can’t get away with reacting like that.
It was so unlike Reina because he’s usually in control of his emotions.
The intent was there and it could prove very costly for us with him now banned for the next three games. But there’s a bigger issue here which needs to be tackled by the authorities.
Newcastle defender James Perch certainly didn’t cover himself in glory by the way he went down clutching his face. It was sad to see.
I’ve heard people say that’s just part of the game these days, and that we just need to get on with it, but that cannot be right.
If that’s part of the game, then I’d rather be without the game.
The sight of grown men rolling around on the floor to get a fellow professional in trouble is embarrassing. And it’s time the FA and UEFA did more about it.
Some problems in football are difficult to deal with but this is an easy one.
They have got to start handing out retrospective punishment when replays make it clear someone has feigned injury.
If they dished out a few suspensions, you could stamp it out within a few weeks.
I’m sick of seeing players trying to gain an unfair advantage.
When I played, the British game was revered throughout the world for its honesty.
The invasion of foreign players changed things, but don’t tell me it’s just down to the foreigners as every week in the Premier League we see British players throwing themselves to the ground.
Reina’s red card compounded a really disappointing afternoon at Newcastle.
We started well but we didn’t seize our moment. When you are on top in games, you need to get your rewards and we haven’t been good enough at doing that.
It’s been the story of our season.
Not getting the penalty decision seemed to knock the stuffing out of us, and then Newcastle went down the other end and scored. It was worrying how easy that goal was.
After that, there was a sense of “here we go again”.
We didn’t get the response we hoped for, and never looked like getting back into it.