Cabaye Comments On Drink Being Blown Out Of Proportion

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!

48 comments so far


    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Not half as bad now as in the 70’s and 80’s (Man Utd were big drinkers in the 80’s) It does affect performance- I run long distance races and by god I struggle after a night on the wife beater.

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Sorry but he never once mentioned any of our players he was on about the culture in england being different to back in france where the players are under stricter rules when it comes to stuff like that.. never said anything bad atall


    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #3

    I can honestly say….who cares?

    English players drink, I drink and I have a job…..I dont drink while I am at work and they dont drink while they are so why the duce should I have a right to lay into them?

    Cabaye hasen’t said anything to ‘attack’ his team mates he is just from a different culture. Total none story

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Cabaye simply talked about English footballers in general. Not specifying any of our players!!!

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #5

    89 > you got there first!!!!! :p

  • geoff777

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #6

    No what he’s said is fair.

    Players are paid huge wages.
    They are professional athletes.

    They shouldn’t drink alcohol.
    They should have very strict nutritious diets.

    I want our players to be as close to 100% fitness as possible.
    I want the three points!

    They can party when they are 40 … 🙂

  • Stuart

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #7

    agree with WWJBD again like, who gives a f**k aslong as they dont drink on match days or the night before? They’re all young lads who like to have abit of fun once in a while, whats so wrong with that?

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #8

    Anyone know about Tiote’s knee injury???? :-O

  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Off topic guys – but as Ed said, the subject isn’t even worth talking about.

    I just watched the Wigan game back – always good to analyse things the stress of the game isn’t present – and Krul’s distribution was much much better than in previous games.

    Anyone else pick up on that? His kicking was better – and that has been a big problem for him this year.

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Toon_Tom – one me mates has just said something about that but said its apparently not serious was just a knock/impact injury he’l be fine for Stoke

    Anyone attending the game tomorrow?


    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Haha Stuart lad either we are just on the same wave length today or we are both just sensible chaps 😉

    Or we are as daft as eachother but I prefer the other two options personally

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #12

    Ummm…he also says nothing about drinking. He says “go out” but who’s to say if he was talking about going out in public and doing something silly that gets photographed?

  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #13

    nufcfans NUFCfans

    #NUFC midfielder Cheik Tiote will be out tomorrow night with an injury, doubtful for Monday.

    Eek. Could really do with the big man in the middle 🙁

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Kruls kicking has improved immensly this season he couldnt clear the half way line before now he can get it to they box lol.. a think he’s been basically spot on this season distribution wise and Wigan he was even better that save from Moses was unbelievable one of the best saves av seen

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #15

    to be fair whatevers happening with our clubs drinking policy now is working so a couldnt careless if they drinking every night and turning up p*ssed wer getting 3 points and were unbeaten so who cares =] its when it starts going wrong you look to change things

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #16

    tbf Tiote was never going to play tomorrow anyways always going to rest him and more than likely Cabaye

  • Sav

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #17

    Ranger is one who has been caught running about at 5 in the morning. Lets hope he’s listening to Yohan. The pay they get (modern footballers, that is) the decent holidays and most important, the short careers makes me think Cabaye is right. They are professional athletes and need to train as hard and with as much discipline as any other sportsman.

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #18

    Its on the official site now about Tiote, getting abit worried about our squad seens as though injuries are starting lol


    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Are you suggesting we are unbeaten because our lads have been off their nut during games? That would be brilliant


    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Speaking of brilliant things apparently Balotelli was driving around Manchester yesterday with the top down music to the max high fiving city fans…..I pray to God this is true

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #21

    WWJBD – thats exactly what im saying lmao nice could of Jager Bombs before the match and wer sorted haha

    Joking by the way =]

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #22

    ayee a heard that tha said it on SSN lmao he is a pure legend him like should have his own TV show

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #23

    when he retires:
    Super Mario – What Happened next


    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #24

    Might be why Tiote hasen’t gained as many yellows this season…he has been to drunk to hack hahahaha 😀

    Super Mario is box office he should have whatever he wants he is just class


    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #25

    Oh and the shirt he showed when he scored…..everything that lad does is fantastic

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #26

    WWJBD – Exactly mate they can be no other explanation they all must be drunk =]

    would love Mario at us like he’s the one nutcase a wouldnt mind playing for wah, well apart from maybe a younger Eric Cantana

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #27

    TIOTE INJURED well dosent matter for the cup game but hope he will be ready for stoke game


    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #28

    Oh Super Mario in NUFC black and white….dreams are made of such thoughts haha he’d be in Bamboo everynight!

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #29

    just be class watching him cruise round the city when we torture sunderland lmao

  • Kris

    Oct 25, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Hope its just a little issue with Tiote injury. For tomorrows game i agree with @ 27, its isnt so bad for tomorrows game. We have both Guthrie and Gosling who can fill in, in his role. And though Smith.

    But it will be a big blow if he isnt ready for stoke, cause we need him in the “fightining games”. The same with Saylor, hope he can loan Shola`s mask;)

    My team for tomorrow:
    R.Taylor, Coloccini, S.Taylor (hopefully, if not Kadar/Perch), Santon
    Gutierrez, Cabaye, Guthrie, Marveaux
    Bench who should be used: Ba/Best, Obertan, Gosling. + Elliot, Smith, Ferguson, Kadar/Perch


    Oct 25, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Haha he would teach Ranger a thing or two as well….loveable rogue meets a total helmet, what were you saying about a Mario TV show?

  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 25, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #32

    He is simply stating that players in England get more room to breath than the players in France. At no point what so ever did he call our team a bunch of pi$$ heads.. Cockney press dont like us doing well so they print as much crap about us as they can to try and rock the boat. sorry for the language, did not mean to offend anyone but the mongs working for certain news(?)papers

  • yorkshireToon

    Oct 25, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #33

    lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    #nufc I’m told from a reliable source that Cheick Tiote’s injury is not a serious one and the player still keen to play at Stoke #scfc

    good news

  • joejoe

    Oct 25, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #34

    on they are stating Tiote´s injured and doubtful for monday! Midfield of Arfa and Cabeye? Would be a nice experiment for wednesday!

  • boater

    Oct 25, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #35

    I would prefer players to be hammered than taking their tops off for pictures – what total clots.

    Like Cabaye’s attitude, monk-like zen master. Plenty of time for being a tool when you retire.

  • Thump

    Oct 25, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Funny thing is, if I took my shirt off for a picture people would think “tool” and that would be all they’d think but because it’s a bunch of Toon players, they’re the devil incarnate and must be absolutely off their rocker on the drink.

    It’s daft. I don’t care what the lads do off the pitch as long as they’re not breaking any laws and aren’t doing owt particularly daft.

  • thebionicMAG

    Oct 25, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #37

    “I can honestly say….who cares?

    English players drink, I drink and I have a job…..I dont drink while I am at work and they dont drink while they are so why the duce should I have a right to lay into them?”

    With Respect WWJBD the club has every right to lay into them. They are professional athletes being paid OBSCENE amounts of money. Training is important and so is nutrition. Alcohol is poison to your body. It’s a simple sugar that wreaks havoc on your metabolism and hormonal system. It dehydrates you. If you go out on the lash the night before a game, you will be dehydrated for that game…if you go out on the lash midweek, you will be dehydrated for training the next day…both not ideal circumstances for an athlete being paid to perform at his or her peak and to the best of their ability. If you think its ok to drink when you are a professional athlete step forward a Mr Paul John Gascoigne…any questions about him? One of the biggest wastes of footballing talent ever…

    If you are wondering about my qualifications I’m a fully qualified personal trainer who specialises in strength & conditioning and nutrition. I was also an international athlete (athletics) and took my training far more seriously than most footballers. If I could be professional about my nutrition whilst being paid BUGGER ALL back in the day, I don’t think its too much to ask of footballers being paid anywhere between 30 and 200 grand a week.

  • AshtreeKid

    Oct 25, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #38

    think the players are fine to go out after a match and enjoy themselves as there is no training the next day, so long as we didnt lose as I think that is inappropriate when they are meant to be passionate about the club. If the want to drink and they got beat, do it somewhere discreet!


    Oct 25, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Fair enough mate but the club arent laying into them, Yohan isnt laying into them its the press that are laying into them.

    And fair play all respect to ya for doing that (wasen’t going to question your qulifications mate haha I think we all know alcohol isnt good for you) but at the end of the day they can drink if they want as far as am concerned as long as it isnt before a match or before training and if it is the club should (and will) deal with it. But if they have a weekend off then good for them, hell if I meet them in town I will buy them a drink

    Rugby boys get away with drinking so why should footballers be held in a higher reguard? Cricket players and Golfers the same.


    Oct 25, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #40

    I wonder if cabaye would like my ”becoz of Cabaye” song to the tune of ”coz i got high”? Maybe with these recent comments about making a tool of your self in public are in reference to him hating all drinking/green smoking situations! Or maybe he’s such cool, calm zen-like figure is when he’s at home ”he gets hi, he gets hi, he gets hi!” ”la ha ha ha ha la!”


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