ALAN Pardew hit out at referee Jorge Sousa after Newcastle United’s pre-season tour of Portugal ended with a red card for Fabricio Coloccini.
Coloccini was sent off after grabbing Pacos de Ferreira’s Caetano – who was also dismissed – by the throat last night.
Newcastle drew 1-1 after Shola Ameobi cancelled out Caetano’s first-half goal in the 61st minute.
Pardew felt the Porto-based official had let too many incidents go in the build up to Coloccini’s clash with Caetano.
“We are disappointed with the referee – he lost control of the game,” Pardew said.
“When you let tackles go, you’re asking for trouble. It frustrates the players.
“In the end we had a scene which has cost us our captain.
“That was the big disappointment of the night because the performance was different class. We deserved to win that game.
“I thought we looked stronger than them. In terms of our top players, they put on a good performance. We were on our game.”
Mathieu Debuchy had to be pulled away from Caetano in the minutes before Coloccini’s dismissal after the forward caught him late.
Pardew, while frustrated at the referee’s performance, was heartened by much of what he saw from Newcastle.
Pardew added: “It got tasty, and the referee’s played a big part in it.
“There’s nothing we can do about it. We just have to deal with what’s in front of us. We weren’t going to lie down.
“We wanted to show our resilience.”
Subsitute Yoan Gouffran was caught by a late challenge in the dying minutes, but the forward escaped an injury.
Pardew added: “Gouff got a nasty one at the end.”