Sochaux have referred Newcastle’s apparently illegal pursuit of Modibo Maiga to FIFA.
Sochaux President Alexandre Lacombe reported Newcastle to FIFA
And Charlton Athletic have reported Newcastle to the Premier League over their move for 25 year-old goalkeeper Rob Elliot.
To make things just a little worse, Newcastle were fined £30K by the English FA today, for failing to keep their players under control against Arsenal on the opening day of the season, and the London club were fined the same amount.
Alan was asked about the Souchaux complaint and the manager had this to say this afternoon, during his press conference for the Scunthorpe game:
“I can’t tell you anything about that,” “My brief is to highlight players I think would take the club forward, and the club’s job is to get it over the line. I am not involved in that.”
Sochaux issued this statement on their web-site today:
On Monday August 22, 2011, FC Sochaux-Montbeliard sent a referral to FIFA with the aim of obtaining assurances on the part of Newcastle United that they will stop their contacts with Modibo Maiga, who is under contract with FCSM until 2014.
This contact is in violation of Article 18 of the current international regulations. This measure comes after Sochaux demanded without success, in an official manner and on two occasions, that the English club put a stop to their actions.
That would seem to put an end to Newcastle’s move for Maiga, and we have no idea who the club will now go after, but we need a top striker in the next eight days, and the club have known that for months now.
And the FA issued this statement on their web-site today relating to that melee in the second half of the Newcastle-Arsenal game on 13th August:
An Independent Regulatory Commission today found both Newcastle United and Arsenal guilty of failing to control their players.
The charges relate to an incident during their recent league fixture at St James’ Park on Saturday 13 August 2011.
Both clubs denied the charge and requested a non-personal hearing. In each case, the charge was proven by the Regulatory Commission and both clubs have been fined £30,000.
So on the transfer front and for that first game of the season, and in the search for a third goalkeeper, it has been a difficult time for the Newcastle club.
It looks like the lads will now have to beat both Scunthorpe and Fulham in the next two games, to brighten things up a little, and they could well do that too.
But the Magpies must also sign up two top players soon, and we’re not sure why we need a third goalkeeper.
But at least it would appear Alan Pardew is still hopeful:
“You need to have some sort of strategic planning about what you are doing and some sort or game plan, and hopefully we are going to call that right.”
“But you can get something out of the woodwork which throws it into disarray and you need Plan B and then you need Plan C. We are hoping we stick to Plan A, but we will see.”
The difficulty with signing players this summer seems to have been Newcastle’s stubborn reluctance to pay out the transfer fees for their targeted players.
And Newcastle have paid out only £7.5M for the five players they have brought in so far this summer, but they need somehow to get a top striker and a top left back in quickly.
And maybe owner Mike Ashley may just have to spend some of that money that’s still in the bank from the Andy Carroll sale last January.
We hope he does just that, but there’s just over a week left in the transfer window to do it.
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