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Gary Lineker believes referee made mistake in sending Newcastle star Sean Longstaff off

Sean Longstaff was shown a straight red card as Newcastle United held on to a point against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tyneside – and Gary Lineker believes referee Kevin Friend made a mistake in sending Longstaff off.

Newcastle enjoyed the better of the play in the first half and went into the break 1-0 up thanks to Jamaal Lascelles’ excellent header. Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin also came close to scoring for The Toon.

However, Wolves were much improved in the second 45 and left-back Jonny equalised with an excellent finish. Longstaff was then shown a straight red card by Friend for a tackle on Ruben Neves, which saw him get the ball first.

However, his momentum took him into Neves and the Toon ace caught the Portugal international high up. Lineker explained that although he understands why a red card was shown, he believes a yellow card should have sufficed.

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Longstaff was excellent for Steve Bruce’s side throughout, as he starred alongside his brother. The tackle was slightly reckless, and perhaps unneeded in that force. But even then, Longstaff should feel slightly aggrieved.

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A yellow card would have been enough but it is one of those tackles where it will be difficult for Newcastle to appeal, given Longstaff has made contact with Neves – and indeed, that contact is somewhat high.

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