And it led to Sky TV pundit Chris Coleman slamming the Toon skipper. The Wales boss blasted: "That is a scandalous challenge, a coward's challenge.
"Football is a physical game but that was a coward's challenge. He catches his heel but if he catches him higher, then it is serious."
Owen defended one-time team-mate Coloccini on Twitter.
He posted: "Not having that at all. He didn't touch him and to say there was intent is laughable."