Newcastle boss Pardew praises ref for handling bloody nose

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew praised ref Mike Jones for taking his bang on the nose in good humour.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew praised ref Mike Jones for taking his bang on the nose in good humour.

During the 1-1 draw with Southampton, both sides went for a winner as time ran down but in a stormy conclusion, referee Jones was left with a bloody nose after being caught accidentally by Magpies midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

Pardew said: "The ref has got a bloody nose, he is trying to patch himself up for the Christmas party.

"But he took it in good heart, really, I have to say. He realised it was a little bit of a flick out at the goalie, who had flicked out at him [Sissoko].

"It was all a bit silly, but unfortunately he ended up with a bloody nose."

 
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