Newcastle’s Ritchie ‘lucky’ to avoid Mane fate

first_imgNewcastle United ‘I was lucky’ – Ritchie relieved to avoid red for Mane-esque Mawson challenge Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 07:12 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Matt Ritchie - cropped Getty Images Newcastle United Premier League Swansea City v Newcastle United Swansea City Just a day after the Liverpool man’s controversial dismissal, Ritchie concedes he was fortunate to escape with yellow for a similar tackle Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie admits he was “lucky” to avoid being sent off for a Sadio Mane-esque challenge in Sunday’s 1-0 win at Swansea.With scores level at 0-0, Ritchie was shown a yellow card for a high boot on Alfie Mawson as the Swans defender stooped to head a loose ball.Newcastle 11/8 to beat Stoke Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The incident reignited debate around Mane’s sending off just 24 hours earlier, when the Liverpool attacker was dismissed for catching onrushing Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson in similar circumstances.Scotland international Ritchie, who later supplied the corner for Jamaal Lascelles’ winner, was relieved to see referee Mike Jones only issue a yellow at the Liberty Stadium.”I had visions of Match of the Day from last night going through my mind,” Ritchie told reporters at a post-match press conference.”It was similar, but he [Mawson] came in a bit lower than the one last night – so, I was lucky. I was delighted it was a yellow card, to be honest.”Birthday boy Matt Ritchie: ‘We stuck to the task’ https://t.co/gb8lOMgzDe  #NUFC pic.twitter.com/3ET50vSZZM— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 10, 2017Swans manager Paul Clement agreed with the decision, labelling the incident “no big deal”.Ritchie scored 12 goals in helping the Magpies to promotion from the Championship last season. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img

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