Jonjo Shelvey has been widely criticised on social media for his brainless stamp on Dele Alli which saw him sent off in Newcastle’s defeat by Tottenham.
The combative midfielder was trying to get the ball back quickly, Alli moved it away and Shelvey reacted by treading on Alli’s ankle.
Referee Andre Marriner saw the incident and was left with no choice but to give Shelvey his marching orders and plenty of onlookers condemned the former Liverpool and Swansea man’s actions.
Alli screams in pain as Shelvey purposely steps on his ankle in clear sight of the referee
Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness said he had gone from ‘captain to clown’ and believes the midfielder should be on his ‘last chance’ under Rafa Benitez.
Speaking on Sky Sports, the former Newcastle manager said: ‘He’s gone from captain to clown in the space of 10 seconds. He’s annoyed. So what? Because Dele Alli has kicked the ball? How stupid is that?
‘Newcastle are very much in the game, he’s done it right under the referee’s nose and the referee is left with no alternative but to send him off.
Referee Andre Marriner shows a red card to Shelvey after seeing the incident
‘That’s arguably cost them the game. I’m not saying Tottenham wouldn’t have won but there’s a real chance Newcastle might have got something.
‘When you’ve got someone like that in your group, that should be his last chance. You can’t do that.
‘They might get relegated by one or two points. It might not matter in the bigger picture, but right now his team-mates are entitled to feel very angry.’
How can Shelvey argue with the red card? Knew what he was doing! Trying to play innocent. Well done ref
— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) August 13, 2017
Complete and utter idiocy from Jonjo Shelvey.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 13, 2017
Gary Linker described the incident as ‘complete and utter idiocy’ and it proved costly to the home side.
With the scores locked at 0-0 at the time of the red card, Spurs took full advantage of the numerical superiority and goals from Alli and Ben Davies secured all three points.
It wasn’t just the former players taking to Twitter to reprimand the 25-year-old, with hundreds of fans voicing their displeasure.
Plenty compared Shelvey to Voldemort and one bookmaker somewhat harshly posted a picture of an egg.
Shelvey will have two games on the sidelines to consider his behaviour and might be well advised to steer clear of Twitter for a while
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) August 13, 2017