Yohan Cabaye has commented today on players going out drinking in England.
Yohan Cabaye – after scoring on Saturday
Yohan has brought up the incident earlier this year that saw Leon Best, Stephen Folan and then on-loan Stephen Ireland, now back at Aston Villa, get into trouble for stripping their shirts off in a Newcastle night club.
As we recall it was the Friday night before Newcastle were walloped 4-0 at Stoke City, and we dare say if Newcastle had won that game 4-0, nothing much would have been made of the incident, or very little.
This is what Yohan said about the incident today:
“Why go out and do something like that in front of everyone?” ‘That is something I’d only do at home. It’s fine to go out once in a while but not every weekend.”
“Newcastle treat you as grown-up and let you run your life. Players are policed far less than at French clubs. There is a completely different approach here,”
“Here in England, if you like to go out and you do not have a stable family around you, then things can soon go off the rails.”
“If you meet other players in the street, or even within the club, you wonder if they really are professionals.” “On the pitch they give their all. They’re 100 per cent focused on football and getting the result.”
“But once the game is over, irrespective of whether they have played well or not, they are all joking and singing.”
That incident was innocuous at best (excuse the pun), and the investigation into it found out that the three lads were not even drinking that night,, and simply were having some fun with the locals.
So it’s probably not a good choice of incident for Yohan to criticize players drinking.
We think all Yohan is saying is that you have to be careful what you do in public, when you are a professional footballer, and he’s right about that, because footballers are celebrities who make news.
And the Frenchman simply suggests if you are going to have a drink then you could do it at home, and that’s OK, although there’s nothing much wrong with having a pint on a Saturday night, especially if you have won the game, and that’s hardly going to affect your fitness.
But now just watch the gossip press try to make something more of Cabaye’s comments, than what Yohan really meant, and remember his English is not very good either.
And it should be a learning experience for Cabaye to be very careful what he says to the English press, who are only too willing to fabricate a story to sell their papers.
The incident was dismissed by Alan Pardew, who simply told the three of them to be more sensible next time.
Certainly we don’t seem to have any players at the club at the moment who are not professional, and it’s one of the best squads Newcastle have had for some time, if the truth be told.
But there was also the story over the last few days of Ben Arfa saying he wouldn’t play for the Reserves, and Alan Pardew said it was simply poor communication between the player and club – whatever that means.
But watch the vultures hovering and waiting for any chance to disrupt what is a very smooth running Newcastle United this season.
Things are going great at Newcastle so far, with the Tyneside club tied with Chelsea on 19 points, and above London favorites Tottenham and Arsenal, not to mention Liverpool are 4 points behind.
No wonder they are upset – and long may it continue!