fans have turned in Reported to social media to play at Newcastle United's Sean Longstaff for an attempt to defeat the referee in the FA Cup third round against Arsenal.
Chris Kavanagh put Emile Smith-Rowe on the red card for a foul on Longstaff and triggered a loud scream from the Magpies midfielder.
On the advice of his VAR, Andre Marriner, he downgraded the red to yellow after checking the footage on the pitchside monitor.
This indicated that there was little contact between the two players and that there had been pourings of anger on social media.
Longstaff is nothing but a fraud. Deliberately tried to mislead the referee into sending off an opponent. Barely touched but screamed and rolled around like a child until a red card was made
– Robert (@ RRS91718) January 9, 2021
Did he even touch Longstaff? That scream. Cheat?
– Thomas Clarke (@ TomClarke138) January 9, 2021
The only reason the referee thought he might have blushed was Longstaff's ridiculous scream, little cheater! Good job VAR came in and worked #ARSNEW
– Paddy Connelly (@ paddyconnelly4) January 9, 2021
Sorry, but what was Longstaff playing there? Smith-Rowe barely touched the guy and he went down like that? This is pure idiocy. I don't rate players who intentionally try to cheat the referee to get into trouble. Horrible to see. #ARSNEW #FACup
– Anthony (@antzhumbleent) January 9, 2021
What a cheater Longstaff is there!
This scream was absolutely pathetic and was only made to send the player off!
– WHUFC_ _Football_Sloth (@WhufcSloth) January 9, 2021
Longstaff is a fraudster
– ag (@ BeltransMole23) January 9, 2021
Despite Longstaff's antics, Smith-Rowe had the last laugh as he scored an excellent home goal in the 109th minute to give Arsenal the lead.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang added a second with two minutes of play time Send the Gunners into the fourth round of the competition.
Arsenal have now won four games in a row in all competitions and seem to be going in the right direction under Mikel Arteta.
Newcastle are without a win Your last seven games have put pressure on manager Steve Bruce.