Newcastle lost their second friendly in a row on Tuesday evening as Benfica put three past them in the Eusebio Cup, however, that wasn’t the worst part, with Jonjo Shelvey picking up a hamstring injury and Joelinton seeing red.
The revolutionised Brazilian midfielder picked up two yellow cards in the second half, which saw him handed his marching orders and as a result, will now miss the Magpies’ first home pre-season match of the summer against Atalanta on Friday.
Cronin was left unimpressed by the decision, given that suspensions in friendlies rarely mean anything – as he reacted to the news on Twitter by saying: “Well that’s daft.”
Should Joelinton have been sent off?
TIF Thoughts on Joelinton’s suspension…
It is quite bizarre that this suspension has been implemented on Joelinton as friendlies are obviously not competitive matches so don’t usually carry over and Eddie Howe doesn’t believe it should have even got to this stage.
The Newcastle manager claimed that he never wants to see a red card for either team in a friendly as it ruins the occasion unless a tackle is not in the spirit of the game – something he didn’t think was the case with Joelinton’s bookings.