Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has defended Fabricio Coloccini after the Newcastle player was sent off in the 1-1 draw at Anfield on Sunday.
Coloccini was shown the red card for a late challenge on Luis Suarez in the closing minutes of the game, with replays showing that – although there was minimal contact – the defender’s foot was high.
Owen – who has played for both Newcastle and Liverpool in his career, and is now contracted to Stoke City – believes the sending off was unjustified, as Coloccini tried to pull out of the challenge. And the former Kop hero – who has done little to endear himself to LFC fans since leaving the club – was quick to have his say on Twitter.
“Not having that at all. He didn’t touch him and to say there was intent is laughable,” Owen tweeted.
“Let me tell you, he kicks a moving ball a thousand times a day and doesn’t miss it once. If he wanted to connect with a standing leg then he wouldn’t of missed.
“He pulls out at the last minute and doesn’t touch him. Not having that’s a red at all.”
This is not the first time Owen has attempted to stick the boot in on his former employers, perhaps though with no league starts or goals since joining Stoke he should be focusing on what is left of his own career