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Newcastle's €17.8m signing consolidates bad-boy reputation with straight red card

There is some debate over whether the decision to dismiss the youngster was correct.

NEWCASTLE’S SUMMER SIGNING Aleksandar Mitrovic is already gaining a reputation as one of the Premier League’s bad boys.

Having received a booking after 11 seconds on his debut and then picking up a yellow inside two minutes in his second game, the 20-year-old Serbian international striker received a straight red card inside the opening 15 minutes of the Magpies’ clash with Arsenal today.

Mitrovic, who Newcastle signed from Anderlecht in July for €17.8million, received a straight red for a nasty late challenge on Francis Coquelin.

There is some debate over whether the decision was correct — BT Sport’s Robbie Savage agreed with the referee’s call though BBC Sport’s Danny Mills claimed that the red card was harsh.

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