As we expected, Newcastle’s appeal against Cheick Tiote’s three match suspension has been turned down.
Cheick Tiote – 3 match ban stands
As a result, Tiote’s three match suspension will remain in place, and he will now miss the games at Sunderland, at home to Spurs and away at Fulham, and he will be huge loss to the Newcastle side.
Tiote was shown a red card during Newcastle’s FA Cup Third Round tie against Stevenage on Saturday on 8th January.
These suspensions are hardly ever overturned, unless there has been an obvious mistake by the referee, and that didn’t look to be the case on Saturday, and we gave the appeal only a 5% chance of success – at best.
So this verdict is hardly surprising – unfortunately.