Newcastle player denies manager's claims he wanted to be sent off

Williamson was sent off after this tackle on Jamie Vardy
Williamson was sent off after this tackle on Jamie Vardy

In the aftermath of his side's humiliating defeat at Leicester yesterday Newcastle boss John Carver claimed that Mike Williamson got himself sent off on purpose.

Now the player has hit back. In a statement published by the BBC, Williamson said: "I would like to apologise to the NUFC supporters & my fellow teammates for getting sent-off during yesterday’s game. There was absolutely no intent to hurt Jamie Vardy or get sent-off. But I recognise that I should have been more composed and measured in my determination to win the ball.

"Unfortunately, it did the one thing that I never wanted to do, and that was to hurt the team. I will do whatever I can to help teammates prepare for the next two games & fight to get back into the team when I’m available.

"I’ve had the honour to play for NUFC for five years now, and I can genuinely say that I feel privileged to play for this club. I would never do anything intentionally to hurt the team or its supporters."

Last night, Carver said Williamson had taken out Vardy on purpose as 'an easy way out'.

"I thought he'd done that on purpose - it looks like he did," Carver said.

"The ball was off the pitch - he had no need to make the challenge. He will miss two games. Is it an easy way out?"

This isn't the last we've heard of this we suspect.