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Johnson criticises Newcastle defender Perch for his role in Reina red card

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By Andrew Tuft

Monday 02 April 2012

Glen Johnson has criticised Newcastle United defender James Perch for his part in an incident during Liverpool’s defeat to the Magpies that saw Reds goalkeeper Pepe Reina shown a straight red card, ClubCall has reported.

Reina and Perch confronted each other after the goalkeeper took exception to Perch’s challenge as he gathered up a loose ball. The players went head-to-head with the Spaniard appearing to push his head towards Perch, who fell to the floor holding his face. Perch was booked for his part in the original tackle while Reina was shown his marching orders. Liverpool had already used their three substitutes, forcing full-back Jose Enrique to deputise for his compatriot.

The injured Johnson wrote on Twitter: “What have I just seen. Is Perch for real, joke”. Liverpool were already two goals down when Reina was dismissed in the 82nd minute through a Papiss Cisse brace. Reina’s dismissal means the previously ever-present goalkeeper will miss Liverpool’s next three matches, at home to Aston Villa, away to Blackburn Rovers and the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against Merseyside rivals Everton.

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By Mike Arms on 02 April 2012 at 13:41

Those that think Carrol dived obviously haven't been watching him play all season, he spends more time on his ass than on his feet and falls over every time he has the ball. So I believe he fell over, I don't actually think he's intelligent enough to think about falling over for a penalty.

By scouser on 02 April 2012 at 13:25

were was johnson when suarez acted like he had been shot to get rodwell sent off in the game against everton, rodwell's red card was later rescinded and it proved that suarex dived to get a player sent off, i suppose johnson missed that one plus all the other times suarez has dived, then there's gerard who got pienaar sent off again in a derby gamef by pretending that he had been hit by pienaars elbow, i suppose you missed that one too but you are right they are low life

By Simon Perry on 02 April 2012 at 12:59

I agree with him entirely. It is typical of too many players in the modern game who cheat to get opponents sent off, yet do it under the scrutiny of television cameras that show them up for what they are. Look no further than his team mate Andy Carroll who would have gained a penalty and had Krul sent off if his deception had not been witnessed by the official. Shame Johnson didn't give a balanced view to his rant.

By Pete on 02 April 2012 at 12:54

It obviously takes a Liverpool player to know that there is a "CORRECT" and "INCORRECT" way to go to ground after someone has head butted you in the face. Perhaps he would like to share whatever is the Liverpool way to behave?? Just so other teams know what is acceptable in the future, when a Liverpool player nuts someone. I am sure we would all appreciate the advice.

By Billy McGooligan on 02 April 2012 at 12:53

I wonder what Johnson thinks of Carrol's dive... #valuedopinion





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